Kenyan Banks Warn Customers About Buying Crypto: Report

NCBA Bank Kenya sent a cautionary email to customers who have transacted in crypto in the past.

AccessTimeIconJun 8, 2021 at 10:24 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:07 p.m. UTC

A number of banks in Kenya have issued alerts to customers who used debit or credit cards to buy crypto such as bitcoin on exchanges.

  • Some of the banks advised customers not to buy, hold or trade cryptocurrencies, BitcoinKE reported June 4.
  • One of them, NCBA Bank Kenya, sent a cautionary email to customers who have transacted in crypto in the past.
  • "Virtual currencies such as bitcoin are not legal tender in Kenya," NCBA said in an email cited by BitcoinKE. "No protection therefore exists for you as our customer in the event that the platform holding or trading in cryptocurrency fails or goes out of business."
  • The warning copies one from Kenya's central bank in 2015 advising banks and other businesses against dealing in cryptocurrency.
  • Nonetheless, trading in crypto remains popular. Digital asset marketplace Paxful announced in December it was partnering with remittance network BitLipa to enable buying and selling of bitcoin, litecoin and tether for Kenyan users.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.