Meet Samuel Mwawato, a former US pilot who has now been reduced to a garbage collector in Kenya 


Many Kenyans who travel abroad usually come back with high expectations and optimism after spending years and years in foreign countries working and saving in hope of a better future back at home.

Well, for Samuel Mwawato, now a garbage collector, things didn’t go exactly as planned after travelling abroad and spending close to two decades.

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Speaking in an interview with KTN, Mwawato narrated how he was first laid off at Wilson airport in Nairobi where he worked as a cabin crew.

This sent him to the US in 1990 following a scholarship under the East Coast Methodist Church where he flew various planes.

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After staying in the US for 15 years, Mwawato decided to come back to Kenya for a fresh start. At home, he first needed to convert his commercial license.

This needed Ksh 500,000 first, which he managed to pay after acquiring a loan but failed to attain the licence in the long run since he managed to clock 10 hours of day time flying instead of the required ten hours during the day and night.

He later left the job and went to work for a community-based organisation called Responsible Citizen Initiative where he works as a garbage collector until today.

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While in the US, he had married a white lady who got two children. The two are now 26 and 24 years old. He has never communicated to them since he left.

Watch his full story below: