The newly unveiled currency has spurred immediate mixed reactions among the Kenyans, Rarienda MP, Otiende Amollo, says the new notes currency portrait has violated Article 231(4) of the 2010 constitution, that states the currency should not bear the image or portrait of any individual but the symbols of national unity.
The new notes currency was publicly launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 56th Madaraka fete, celebrated in Narok Stadium, Narok County on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
The new generation KSH 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 currency bears the image of the country’s major international conference centre, Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) alongside the tall building is the image of the Kenya’s founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the statue located few metres from KICC.
At the front view, KSH 50 symbolizes green energy, 100 agriculture, 200 social services, 500 tourism, and 1000 the governance.
He argues that the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) should have rather chosen a different symbol depicting Kenya, especially the symbols of national unity as articulated in the constitution.
Early this year, President Kenyatta also launched the new coins currency of KSH 1,5,10 and 20 that have already circulated widely across the country borders.