• She promised to pay back the loans with the salary she was going to earn from her job in Dubai.
• His argument for paying a bribe so she can get a job was that she was to earn a huge salary that she agreed to pay back.
A man who took several loans to educate and secure a job abroad for his wife is ruing the day he made such a decision.
Speaking to Nairobi wire, the man identified as Wilberforce Achoka took several loans to ensure his wife would begin and complete her college education at Utalii College.
He recalled the day he met the wonderful woman whom he would later marry.
"We met when I was married with kids, by then I was working as a factory supervisor. We met at a friend’s function which she also attended.
"At the time she was a Form Two dropout after falling pregnant in school. She opened up to me and since it was love at first sight, I accepted her. We dated secretly for some time before I decided to make it official to her parents and my family."
The family meeting went well and the two lived as man and wife. As a man in love, he decided to help her complete her education, taking a loan in the process.
"I enrolled her back in school and educated her up to the college level. After Form Four I enrolled her at Utalii college where she pursued hotel management. She started with a certificate and then upgraded to a diploma."
Mr Achoka felt that his investment paid off and took a loan to pay for her to secure a job vacancy in Dubai.
"After college, a friend who worked at the airport hinted to me that there was a vacancy in Dubai and the interview was to be conducted in a week’s time. Since he was a senior there, I did what I could to ensure my girlfriend got the chance. So I took a loan to bribe the recruiter. I also borrowed soft loans from friends to ensure she acquired the slot. I used the money to process her VISA," he narrated.
His argument for paying a bribe so she can get a job was that she was to earn a huge salary that she agreed to pay back.
This sadly was his biggest mistake.
Once she took off to Dubai, she became cold and distant.
"Everything changed immediately after she set foot on the flight. Although we talked the first three weeks after she left, immediately after she received her first payment things went haywire. I remember I texted her to inquire about the mode of paying back the loans and when she responded I just knew she was a problem."
The wife was not moved by his cries about having his entire salary deducted to pay the emergency loans he took for her.
"She just told me never to call her again over money issues. She said her money was not for feeding other families and then she blocked me. I tried getting her through her parents but unfortunately, her parents also gave me a cold shoulder."
His debts accrued to Sh1 million, forcing him to sell off his assets including his car, and four plots.
This drove him into alcoholism and multiple suicide attempts.
"Due to heavy drinking, I developed health complications that almost sent me to the grave. It became serious to the point I had to undergo surgery. After my recovery and escaping death, I changed my life and became a pastor."