– Amollo wondered why the image of the founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was still appearing on the notes

– The MP argued the presence of the portrait of the late former president violated Section 231(4) of the Constitution

– The new notes were unveiled during Madaraka Day celebrations on Saturday, June 1, and are expected to phase out old ones by October 2019

Questions have emerged regarding the new generation Kenyan notes that were unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, June 1, and specifically on the features of the new currencies are expected to have.

Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo who doubles as a lawyer noted the new bank notes still had image of the late former president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta which he argued is not supposed to be there.

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Rarieda MP and lawyer Otiende Amollo wondered why the new generation currency notes unveiled on June 1, 2019, still had image of founding president Jomo Kenyatta. Photo: CitizenTV.
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The lawmaker expressed his reservations in a tweet he shared moments after the launch of the new currencies explaining why the Constitution was not followed to the letter when coming up with the new denominations.

“I have seen the new notes unveiled. I am personally persuaded they are contrary to A. 231(4) of the Constitution, to the extent that they bear the image and portrait of the founding president. Are we short of Images that depict Kenya?” he posed.

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The MP was, however, not the only Kenyan who noticed the new notes still had the portrait of the founding president.

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Central Bank Governor (CBK) Patrick Njoroge said during the launch that the new generation banknotes contain each of the big five animals, namely elephant, lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard.

“The new banknotes bear the features that make them more accessible to visually impaired members of our society.

In the coming days CBK will roll out an awareness campaign to educate the public on the features of the new banknotes,” the governor said.

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He added the notes, just like the new coins, will serve as means of passing knowledge, conserving culture and promoting the country’s uniqueness to the world.

Kenyans have up to October 1, 2019, to exchange the current KSh 1,000 notes when the new ones are expected to fully take over.

The notes come months after new coins were unveiled on December 11, 2018, at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) offices.

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