INTERNATIONAL – Kenya’s central bank has upheld the fines it imposed in September against five top commercial lenders for a failure to report suspicious transactions in connection with the theft of funds at a state agency, it said on Friday.
Penalties totalling 392.5 million shillings (R54 mn) )were imposed on Standard Chartered Kenya, Equity, Diamond Trust, Co-operative Bank and KCB Group.
The regulator said that the five banks had failed to report large transactions and to undertake proper due diligence on customers. It also accused them of approving large transactions without proper documents.
All the banks had been given the opportunity to respond to the findings of the investigation.
“CBK (Central Bank of Kenya) has reviewed each bank’s response to the penalty assessment and has concluded that the submissions were not sufficient to alter the findings of the investigations and the penalties assessed,” the bank said.