City Businessman Paul Kobia Suffers Blow As Barclays Bank Closes Accounts

paul kobia barclays accounts closed
City Businessman Paul Kobia Barclays Accounts Closed. [Courtesy]

Controversial businessman Paul Kobia is among the recent victims of the new banking regulatory rules having Barclays Bank close his accounts.

In a letter addressed to Kobia, Barclays Bank informed the city businessman that the lender had cut ties with him from January 14,2019.

The bank revealed that the decision was made “following a review of our business.”

In the letter, Barclays also stated that it had also ceased to offer Mr Kobia investment services.

The bank noted: “Any funds received in your favor after the closure will be returned to the remitter. We cannot, however, guarantee that such funds will be resent to you by the remitter.

“After we have closed your accounts, any additional funds remaining will be repaid,” Barclays concluded.

In response, Kobia filed a suit in court seeking to declare the new banking regulations as illegal.

Read: CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge’s Job On The Line As MPs Threaten To Block His Reappointment

According to Mr Kobia, the regulations are intended to hinder investment from abroad and violate the privacy of the clients.

The regulations set by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) highlights that an individual is required to reveal the source of any money flowing into their accounts.

In his suit, Kobia sued the CBK and Attorney General Paul Kihara claiming that Barclays’ decision was made following new rules.

Email your news TIPS to or WhatsApp +254708677607. You can also find us on Telegram through


Written by Jael Keya

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

jubilee headquarters

Jubilee Party Official In Trouble For Defaulting Sh300,000 Election Costs

soni methu dies

Former CNN Inside Africa Presenter Soni Methu Dies In Kwale