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KCB Bank Uganda Limited

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  • The history of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) dates back to 1896 when its predecessor, the National Bank of India opened an outlet in Mombasa. Eight years later in 1904, the Bank extended its operations to Nairobi, which had become the Headquarters of the expanding railway line to Uganda.
  • The next major change in the Bank’s history came in 1958. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India to form the National and Grindlays Bank.
  • Upon independence the Government of Kenya acquired 60% shareholding in National & Grindlays Bank in an effort to bring banking closer to the majority of Kenyans. In 1970, the Government acquired 100% of the shares to take full control of the largest commercial bank in Kenya. National and Grindlays Bank was renamed Kenya Commercial Bank.
  • In 1972, Savings & Loan (K) Ltd was acquired to specialize in mortgage finance.
  • In 1997, another subsidiary, Kenya Commercial Bank (Tanzania) Limited was incorporated in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania to provide banking services and promote cross-border trading. The subidiary has 11 branches.


  • In pursuit of its Vision: To be the best bank in the region, in May 2006 KCB extended its operations to Southern Sudan following licensing of its youngest subsidiary, KCB Sudan, to provide conventional banking services. The subsidiary has 15 branches.
  • The latest addition into the KCB Family came in November, 2007 with the opening of KCB Bank Uganda Limited. The subsidairy has 14 branches. KCB Rwanda was incorporated in the year 2008 with one branch in Kigali. Currently the branch has nine operational branches.
  • The Government has over the years reduced its shareholding to 35% and more recently to 26.2% following the rights issue exercise in 2004, which raised KShs2.45 billion in additional capital for the bank.


  • In the third Rights Issue held in 2010, the government further reduced its shareholding to 17.74% after raising additonal capital for kshs 12.5billion

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