CBK defends Kenyatta’s portrait on new Kenyan currency notes

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The central bank of Kenya has denied claims that the new Kenyan currency notes bear the portrait of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta.

Activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court to block the circulation of the new Kenyan currency notes claiming it was unconstitutional as it included the portrait of Mzee Jomo against the dictates of the constitution.

However, on Tuesday CBK filed a response and explained that the statue which forms part of the iconic Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is not a violation of the Constitution.

The attorney general also is said to have endorsed the inclusion of the KICC image in the new notes.

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In the response, CBK stated that the building is an important landmark and a national monument under the national Museums and Heritage Act.

“It depicts the very essence of Kenya and national heritage because of its unique architectural design,” CBK adds.

On public participation, CBK said individuals, institutions, organisations and professionals were given time to present proposals on the design and imagery.

“There was wide public and stakeholder engagement which provided proper guidelines,” CBK further states.

The new currency notes were unveiled last week and are already in circulation.

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