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BOZ ORDERS ZIM BANKER TO EXIT ZAMBIAN FINTECH COMPANY

A top Zimbabwean banker, George Manyere has been ordered by the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) to exit from both controlling shareholding and directorship in the fintech company MyBucks after violating banking rules.

Mr Manyere, founder of Brainworks Capital Management founder, but now former managing director and chief investment officer of the equity firm, allegedly violated Zambian banking regulations.

According to Bulawayo24, a letter seen gleaned by NewZimbabwe.com Business, and signed by the BoZ director of non-bank financial institutions supervision, Freda Tamba shows that problems have been brewing for the Zimbabwe top banker since September 2020.

The central bank believes 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 Manyere; “not to be fit and proper to be a shareholder and director” of a financial services provider.

The decision was implemented basing on section 41 (2) of the BSFA which empowers the Bank to remove a person from office, if it considers that its requirements have been breached.

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.

“After all the procedures, this means that your shareholding in MyBucks Zambia will be reduced to 40.9 percent through MyBucks SA,” added Tamba.

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