KAMPALA – Bank of Africa have announced they will commence criminal proceedings against the bank staff suspected to have leaked the accounts of dfcu Managing director Juma Kisaame.
A leaked bank statement of account belonging to Mr. Kisaame, who is currently under the stoplight in the aftermath of the dfcu takeover of the Crane Bank fallout, went viral over the weekend indicating that the senior banking executive had $40 million on his Bank of Africa account.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Bank of Africa apologised to Mr. Kisaame for the breach and said staff involved would be reprimanded and handed over to police for criminal investigations.
“The bank disassociates itself from the unprofessional and illegal actions of this staff and those who may have corruptly procured them to carry out this misdeed,” the statement said.
Mr. Kisaame and dfcu have been in the spotlight following the bank’s takeover of Crane Bank in January 2017.
The Auditor General has in a new report since criticised the takeover and the manner in which other five commercial banks were sold by Bank of Uganda.
dfcu ‘bought’ Crane Bank from BoU in a process that Auditor General says it wasn’t transparent given that Dfcu was the valuer turned purchaser of the same bank.
Dfcu is said to have negotiated with authorities at BoU to buy Crane Bank Limited at Shs200 billion but as per AG report, only Shs90 billion has so far been paid to the central bank.
Reports indicate that ever since dfcu controversially acquired former Crane Bank from BOU, the bank’s management has been struggling to manage business countrywide and that a big number of employees have since been shown the exit amid shareholder troubles.
CDC, dfcu’s oldest partner made an official communication to DFCU indicating the intention to sell its stake on June 14.
The company’s Investment Director in charge of Financial Institutions, Irina Grigorenko, said it was “undertaking a review of its investment in DFCU Limited which may lead to the disposal of some or all of its shares in DFCU over the short to medium term.”
“It is our aspiration to exit in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the business and ensures the orderly trading of DFCU’s shares,” she wrote.
dfcu’s crisis was further deepened by the resignation and official exit of Deepak Malik, the Chief Executive Officer of Arise Holdings Ltd, which is its biggest shareholder from the board.
Arise Holdings has 58 percent shares while CDC is DFCU’s oldest investor with more than five decades of working together.