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CBK Transfers 7.4 Billion to the Government Consolidated Fund

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has today, announced that it transferred to the Government Consolidated Fund Ksh.7,387,674,000 related to the withdrawal (demonetization) exercise that was concluded on September 30, 2019. The transfer is in accordance with Sections 9 and 51 of the CBK Act, and followed approval by the CBK Board. The transfer was executed by crediting the Ministry of Finance’s Deposit Account at CBK.

The demonetization of the older series Ksh.1,000 notes which was announced on June 1, 2019, aimed at addressing the grave concern of illicit financial flows, and the emerging risk of counterfeits. At the conclusion of the exercise, Kes 7.388 billion worth of the older Ksh.1,000 notes were rendered worthless. A significant proportion of this amount would represent cash that was held by individuals who were unable or unwilling to subject themselves to the robust checks in place.

In line with applicable accounting practices, the exceptional and unbudgeted windfall of Ksh.7,387,674,000 related to the demonetized amount was booked as realized income on September 30, 2019, categorised as “Miscellaneous Receipts” in CBK’s Financial Statements.

In making this decision, the CBK Board also noted the ongoing critical efforts to stem the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the strain this has put on the Government’s resources.

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