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KMRC welcomes new investors as it holds first AGM

KMRC welcomes new investors as it holds first AGM

The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) has approved two new shareholders in a virtual meeting that was held on Tuesday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held virtually which saw the appointment of the two new shareholders.

They include; International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is the private sector arm of the World Bank and the Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa (Shelter Afrique), a pan-African housing and real estate development financier.

The other shareholders include the National Treasury and some 20 Primary Mortgage Lenders (PMLs); eight banks, one MFBs (Micro Finance Bank) and 11 SACCOs (Savings and Credit Cooperatives).

The bank shareholders are KCB Group, Cooperative Bank, DTB, HF Group, NCBA, Absa Kenya, Stanbic and Credit Bank.

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) is the sole MFB (Micro Finance Bank) shareholder while SACCO shareholders include Kenya Police, Mwalimu National, Safaricom, Ukulima, Bingwa, Imarisha, Unaitas, Imarika, Tower, Stima and Harambee.

 “Today’s AGM is a key and historic milestone for KMRC. With the facilitation and support of the board, we are now properly and fully equipped to play our role in revolutionizing the home loans market in Kenya, while making homes affordable for as many of wananchi as possible.” Said KMRC’s Acting Chairman, Dr Haron Sirima, who represents the National Treasury on the board:

“From an operational standpoint, I can confirm that everything is now in place for us to start providing long-term finance to participating financial institutions, for onward lending to home loan borrowers at affordable rates on KMRC obtains a license,” added Acting CEO Johnstone Oltetia.

The AGM comes in the wake of the recent Budget Speech, in which National Treasury and Planning CS Ukur Yatani amplified the critical role KMRC is expected to play in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by “maintaining adequate liquidity among primary mortgage lenders (banks and SACCOs) in order to keep housing finance and the housing market functioning.”

KMRC was established two years ago to support the Affordable Housing Pillar of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Agenda Four development blueprint, by providing secure, long term finance to Primary Mortgage Lenders (PMLs), who are then supposed to advance the same to individual borrowers.

The idea is to address the shortage of long-term finance in the Kenyan financial market, while addressing the problem of asset maturity mismatch, which is responsible for the high cost and general inaccessibility of home loans to many Kenyans.

It also seeks to refinance or purchase eligible home loans and invest in government debt securities or other guaranteed debt.

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