Our History

Our unique heritage shapes who we are, and the way we do business today.


KCB, Eastern Africa's oldest and largest commercial bank started its operations in Zanzibar as a branch of National Bank of India.


The bank extended its operation to Nairobi, which had become the headquarters of the expanding railway line to Uganda 


Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India to form the National and Grindlays Bank which upon independence was to spearhead the economic empowerment of local citizens.


The Government of Kenya acquired majority shareholding and changed the name to Kenya Commercial Bank


In order to provide scale access to home ownership, the bank acquired Savings and Loan (K) Ltd, the largest specializing mortgage finance company.


The Government sold 20%of its shares at NSE through an IPO that saw 120,000 new shareholders acquire the bank.


The bank resolved to spread its operations to various viable markets in the region starting with Tanzania that now has 11 branches.


In pursuit of its vision, the bank re-branded to KCB Bank Ltd with a broad reaching internal and external program including sponsorship of the various Eastern Africa rally series.


The Bank spread its wings further to South Sudan becoming the 1st regional entrant that now has 20 branches across all 10 states.


KCB extended its operations to Uganda in order to provide the 3 East African countries with the ability to bank across borders especially for trading partners


The Bank ventured into Rwanda opening 14 branches to date. KCB witnessed a major milestone with the implementation of new core banking system, T24. The system enabled the bank to offer services on a one-branch banking network (every branch is your home branch) across all 5 countries.


KCB in its 115th year anniversary posted a record KES 15.1 Billion trading profit making it the most profitable bank in Eastern Africa.


KCB completed its Eastern African Regional presence with the opening of the KCB Bank Burundi and doubled its share price in the bourse surpassing the USD 1 Billion capital ratio and an impressive growth of 11% in its books

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