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(FULL STATEMENT) CBK penalizes Equity and Cooperative banks over NYS fraud web – The Informer

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has, with other investigative agencies, been
investigating banks that were used by persons suspected of transacting illegally with the
National Youth Service (NYS). This followed the serious concerns that came to light in
May 2018, related to the channelling of NYS funds.

CBK announces the conclusion of the first phase of the investigation of the banks that
were used by these persons in transacting the NYS funds. The investigations prioritised
banks that handled the largest flows, namely; Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, Equity
Bank Kenya Ltd, KCB Bank Kenya Ltd, Co-operative Bank of Kenya Ltd, and Diamond
Trust Bank Kenya Ltd.

The main objective of the investigations was to examine the operations of the NYS-related
bank accounts and transactions, and in each instance assess the bank’s compliance with
the requirements of Kenya’s Anti-Money Laundering/Combating Financing of Terrorism
(AML/CFT) laws and regulations. Violations were identified, principally related to the
following:

 failure to report large cash transactions,
 failure to undertake adequate customer due diligence,
 lack of supporting documentation for large transactions, and
 lapses in the reporting of Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) to the Financial
Reporting Centre (FRC).

CBK has assessed monetary penalties for each of the five banks in accordance with the
extent of the violations that were identified and pursuant to CBK’s powers under the
Banking Act and the Central Bank of Kenya Act. These penalties are detailed below.

2Commercial Bank Amount received from NYS
(Ksh. million)

Assessed monetary penalty
(Ksh. million)

Standard Chartered Bank
Kenya Ltd. 1,628 77.5
Equity Bank Kenya Ltd. 886 89.5
KCB Bank Kenya Ltd. 639 149.5
Co-operative Bank Kenya Ltd. 263 20.0
Diamond Trust Bank Kenya
Ltd. 162 56.0

CBK has discussed the detailed findings with Boards of Directors and Senior Management
of each of the banks. Each has expressed their strong commitment to be fully compliant on
all aspects of the law, and addressing the identified lapses through time-bound Action
Plans. These Actions Plans will be submitted to the CBK within fourteen (14) days and
CBK will closely monitor their implementation. More generally, CBK will work with all
other banks to ensure that these findings are also applied to strengthen all AML/CFT
frameworks.

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The second phase of the investigations will involve use of these findings by other
investigators, inter alia, assessment of criminal culpability by the Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP). CBK
has shared the findings with the relevant investigative agencies for their appropriate
action. Further, an additional set of banks will also be identified and investigated.
The actions taken by CBK and subsequently by other agencies are aimed at safeguarding
stakeholders’ interests and maintaining a healthy financial sector. CBK will continue to
ensure that the banking sector’s legal and regulatory framework, including for AML/CFT,
is aligned to best practices. We will also continue to enforce strict adherence to the
applicable laws and regulations, as the interests of the public, investors, and other
stakeholders will be protected only in any environment that is governed by the rule of law.

CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA
September 12, 2018



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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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