MYC4 has highlighted severally, the challenges that have arisen as a result of issues within the provider KEEF. MYC4 would like to assure our stakeholders that we understand your concerns and frustrations because loans have defaulted, repayments are late and that the reassurances given by MYC4 coming from KEEF have not borne fruit. We apologize for this unfortunate situation. The situation is as a result of internal fraud amongst KEEF’s loan officers and in part KEEF’s decision to stop all operations pending investigations as opposed to a professional audit by a forensic team. MYC4 takes this opportunity to shed some more light on what is/has been happening between MYC4 and the provider KEEF. MYC4 has been working to recover payments from KEEF and the progress has been slower than we anticipated leading to defaults. In a meeting held on 10th September, MYC4 and KEEF agreed that KEEF will start repayments towards MYC4 in arrears and MYC4 would then allow KEEF to fund-raise on MYC4’s platform.
The loan repayments would create room for further disbursements and vice versa. This did not occur and in a subsequent meeting held on 26th November, KEEF confirmed that the funds would be transferred by 3rd December. Based on this agreement, MYC4 informed the investors on the expected repayments and KEEF’s anticipated return to the platform. MYC4 was assured that KEEF would keep their end of the bargain. That this did not culminate is regrettable. MYC4’s CEO Mads Kjaer has been in Kenya for the week and together with MYC4’s EAFR General Manager Titus Kuria have been personally following up on this matter. KEEF’s cooperation is not very forthcoming. It has been difficult for Mads and Titus to meet with KEEF’s management team as MYC4 received communication from KEEF’s legal counsel that all future correspondents and/or engagements including visitation to their offices must be arranged through KEEF’s legal counsel. MYC4 has urged KEEF to accept their obligations and responsibilities according to the binding documents agreed upon during the partnership; the Provider & Loan Administrator Contract; the key provision is that KEEF gave a 100% credit risk guarantee and the Deed of Guarantee and Indemnity; key provision is that KEEF set aside funds, that are 15% of the OLB. As at this moment, KEEF is in breach of the Deed of Guarantee and Indemnity as they should ideally have transferred funds amounting to 15% of the defaulted portfolio by the this week. MYC4 expects KEEF to deal with this matter amicably and professionally and should this not happen, as per the contract MYC4 reserves the right to request for the handover of all loan applicants files including loan securities and collateral of any kind and the full repayment of the portfolio and interest outstanding etc., conduct investigations and take legal and criminal action against KEEF as an organization, its executive management and Board of Trustees. KEEF’s legal counsel has informed us that their offices are closed until 5th January. With the festive season and as the year comes to an end, we shall be unable to accomplish much in the next two weeks. However, MYC4 is using this time to prepare and inform stakeholders connected to MYC4 and KEEF such as Standard Chartered Bank, the Association of Micro Finance Institutions of Kenya (AMFI) and other relevant partners. There shall be more updates as the situation unfolds.