Bank of Uganda takes over Crane Bank

Thursday October 20 2016

Police officers enter Crane Bank main branch in

Police officers enter Crane Bank main branch in Kampala on Thursday to beef-up security shortly after Governor Emmanuel Mutebile announced that BoU had taken over management of the bank. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa 

By Mark Keith Muhumuza

Bank of Uganda has taken over management of Crane Bank and suspended all members of the board.

According to Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Mutebile, Crane Bank is under-capitalised and poses systemic risk to the banking sector. However, Mr Mutebile noted that the bank remains open to customers under the management of Bank of Uganda.

“Crane Bank has been on the BOU watch list since September 2015 after regular onsite tests and external audit report. Crane Bank capital had fallen below the 50 per cent legal requirement under the law,” he added.
According to him, Crane Bank is the third largest bank in Uganda.

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Mr Mutebile further noted that BOU is to conduct an audit on Crane Bank to determine whether the high non-performing loans (NPLs) and bad debts contributed to the capital erosion.

Police patrol Crane Bank head office on Kampala

Police patrol Crane Bank head office on Kampala road. Police deployed at various branches. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa

In a letter addressed to Crane Bank’s Ag. managing director, Mr PK Gupta and dated October 20 stated: “This is to inform you that Bank of Uganda has, with effect from today 20th 2016, pursuant to Sections 87 (3), 88 (1)(a) & (b) of the Financial Institutions Act 2004, taken over management of Crane Bank Ltd. You are accordingly suspended from your position as Acting Managing Director and you are required to make a formal handover of your responsibilities to the Bank of Uganda Statutory Manager, Mr Edward Katimbo Mugwanya,” read part of the statement signed by Mutebile.
Mr Mutebile further said: “You shall, nonetheless, continue to serve Crane Bank Ltd as a principal support of the Statutory Manager.”