Kenyans online are seeking answers on why the new-look currency that bear no president’s portrait has not been rolled out yet.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge had in 2016 told the Senate that he saw September 2017 as the preferred time to roll out the new notes, citing the election year insecurities as impediments.
Days into the September timeline, on 21st, Dr Njoroge told a media briefing: “We are in the business of having the new generation currency that is consistent with the constitution and we will do this in accordance with the Central Bank Act and to all other laws that govern that whole process.”
Two months after his declaration, Kenyans on Twitter are now questioning why the new notes have not started circulating.
The 2010 constitution states that, “notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolise Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but shall not bear the portrait of any individual.”
— Hon. Otiende Amollo (@OAmollo) November 14, 2017
It is seven 7 years since promulgation of the constitution! Isn’t that grace period enough!
— Victor Auma (@aumavictor) November 14, 2017
It had specific Constitution timeline with maximize extension of two years. Both expired
— Ndung’u Wainaina (@NdunguWainaina) November 14, 2017
So does it mean De LA Rue has never printed any new notes since 16th July 2010? Tunacheswo!
— Simba (@Simba_Richards) November 14, 2017
They must be backdated to make them legal
— Mwirigi Allan (@AllanMwirigi) November 14, 2017
Ati all these notes were printed the same day. 16th july,2010 pic.twitter.com/gBsE4A7IdD
— Ledama Olekina Jnr (@AshiaLogx) November 14, 2017
Am just wondering all those people who work at De La Rue…what have they been doing since 6th July 2010? Ironing the notes or what? Or De La Rue was one of the companies that moved out of Kenya like Eveready, Cadburry and Sameer Africa
— calvin jared (@Jerry_jakababa) November 14, 2017
Just thinking out loud… So any payments to money printers after 16 July 2010 for money printing should be ‘illegal’
— yayo254 (@Crunkwiz) November 14, 2017