The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has instructed top Zimbabwean banker, George Manyere, to exit from both controlling shareholding and directorship in the fintech company MyBucks after violating banking rules.
A letter pick up by NewZimbabwe.com and signed by the BoZ director of non-bank financial institutions supervision, Freda Tamba, shows that problems have been brewing for the top banker since September 2020.
The BoZ believes Mr Manyere’s actions and his counterpart, Barkat Ali, were detrimental to the stakeholders of MyBucks Zambia after the duo allegedly guaranteed for a sum of US$10 million in favour of Ever Prosperous in exchange for an asset purportedly valued at US$5 million that was to be acquired at a later date.
“The view of the bank is that the transaction was irrational and failed to satisfy the requirement that it was done in the ordinary course of business of MyBucks. These actions constitute unsafe and unsound practices as defined by section 2 of the Banking and Financial Services Act (BFSA),” said Tamba in the letter.
The BoZ, therefore, found Mr Manyere: “not to be fit and proper to be a shareholder and director” of a financial services provider.
Accordingly, MyBucks Zambia is expected to dispose of its 45 percent shares to Xtenda, which if approved by BoZ, is expected to provide for an orderly divestment of shareholding in the company.
Meanwhile, Ecsponent Ltd will dispose of its entire 25 percent shareholding in MyBucks Zambia, while MyBucks SA will sell 20 percent and remain with 45 percent shareholding among other transfers.
Last year , Investment company Ecsponent has sold its 25% stake in fintech operator MyBucks Zambia for $1.5m.
MyBucks is a Fin Tech company domiciled in Luxembourg that delivers financial services through technology. It operates in six African countries through its brands Getbucks, GetSure, MBC and Opportunity Bank.