While investors burn or run
Fresh off the appointment of a new chairman of the Capital Markets Authority, the owners of the Nairobi Stock Exchange welcomed him with another pledge to:
-Cap broker ownership of the stock exchange (NSE) at 40%
– Reinforce compliance and supervision through implementation of a risk based supervisory approach yada yada yada…..
– Deal with the findings of the PWC Forensic Report on Nyaga Stockbrokers once the report is received from the CMA i.e. they officially haven’t seen it!
So they throw the ball back to the Government (to fast track the demutualization process – and what this entails) and the CMA (new Chairman to act on the report) while investors rush back and forth like headless chicken changing brokers in search of the one honest broker left in Nairobi, while also yearning to return to the good old days when share certificates were kept in bank vaults or under mattresses.