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Kenya’s central bank extends mobile payments relief by six months

Kenya will extend various relief measures on mobile phone payments that were introduced to help to curb the spread of the new coronavirus by a further six months, the central bank said on Wednesday. The East African country introduced the measures to encourage cashless payments on mobile phones because the… Read More

Central Bank of Kenya orders banks to look for dirty money in safe deposit boxes

The days of individuals hiding their ill-gotten wealth or cash in banks’ safe deposit boxes are numbered. This is after the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) gave banks until the end of this year to ensure that safe boxes and lockers are free of any dirty cash and illegal items… Read More

Central Bank of Kenya suspends ABSA Bank foreign exchange licence over AML concerns

Central Bank of Kenya has suspended Absa Bank Kenya’s foreign exchange licence for seven days for failing to report specific foreign exchange trades it conducted last month. “During this period, Absa cannot transact in the inter-bank foreign exchange market. However, all committed transactions as at April 8,2020 can be settled,”… Read More
18th December 2019
The shadowy interests of Yevgeny Prigozhin — a Russian businessman and close associate of President Vladimir Putin — have just become a little clearer. Over the past year, reporters from OCCRP’s Russian partner, Novaya Gazeta, tracked the registration details and movements of business jets linked to Prigozhin. They reveal significant… Read More
9th December 2019
The governor of Kenya’s capital city has made no secret of his love for bling: He has posted photos of a golden lion statue and a gilded  dining room set, and has shown up at meetings draped in  gold jewelry. At rallies, he hands out cash to… Read More
6th November 2019
While Chinese companies are feeling the pressure of anti-graft and tax evasion crackdowns at home, some are also facing similar campaigns abroad as African countries try to stamp out corrupt practices. In the past three years, a number of Chinese-owned companies have landed in trouble with investigating agencies for… Read More
3rd October 2019
A Kenyan anti-corruption drive uncovered the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars in unexplained wealth when it retired old banknotes, the central bank said on Wednesday, adding much of the cash appeared to have been gained in “the criminal area”. The East African nation has a diverse, fast-growing economy,… Read More
29th July 2019
Noordin Haji, head of public prosecutions in Kenya, is the urbane son of one of the country’s most prominent families. George Kinoti, born in the slums, rose from burly beat cop to head the powerful police investigation department. Together, they are building corruption cases against top Kenyan officials. This week, the… Read More
23rd July 2019
Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of financial misconduct related to the construction of two dams, an unprecedented detention of a sitting minister for corruption in a country notorious for graft. The charges against Rotich stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds… Read More
4th June 2019
Kenya needs to urgently stamp out an upsurge of suspicious transactions in its financial sector that imperil future commercial activities and economic growth, Patrick Njoroge, the central bank governor, said on Monday. The East African nation is favoured by foreign investors mainly due to its diverse, fast-growing economy, but its… Read More
3rd June 2019
Kenya plans to withdraw an old version of its 1,000 shilling ($9.88) banknote to tackle illicit financial flows and counterfeiting, its central bank governor said on Saturday. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to stamp out graft when he was first elected in 2013, but critics say he has been slow to… Read More
21st March 2019
Authorities in Kenya have arrested six individuals regarding $20 million in counterfeit notes that were stored in a personal safety deposit box at a branch of Barclays Kenya. “The fake notes in 100 Dollar denominations were recovered from the Bank’s Safe Room,” the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said… Read More
20th March 2019
Kenya’s High Court acquitted a British aristocrat on Thursday of smuggling cocaine in a shipment of sugar, ending a high-profile case that captured public interest in how the justice system would treat the scion of a prominent family. One hundred kilos of cocaine, said to be worth around $6 million,… Read More