Kenyans Criticize the Use of Mzee Kenyatta’s image on New Currency Notes

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Kenyans were shocked when they saw the portrait of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the new currency notes unveiled by CBK governor Patrick Njoroge on Madaraka Day.

What is Jomo Kenyatta doing on the new currency? We thought the purpose of the change of currency was in line with the constitution, which clearly states that the notes and coins shall not depict the images of any individual.

It is not like we are short of images to portray on our coins. So why would CBK contravene the constitution and force Mzee Kenyatta on the coins? Was it to massage the ego of President Uhuru Kenyatta?

Despite being the founding President, Some people believe that Mzee Kenyatta was one of the biggest plunderers of public resources and does not deserve to be the face of our currency.

Self-proclaimed NRM General Miguna Miguna was the loudest critic with criticism that borders on insults. The Canadian based lawyer said that Kenyatta’s names should be removed our country’s monuments, airports, roads, buildings and currency using sulphuric acid.

Economist David Ndii was lost of words but just managed to utter the words, #KenyattaMustFall. Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo argues that this is not about just about symbols it’s a debate about what Kenyans wanted and voted for in the constitution.

Some people have however argued that Mzee Kenyatta is part of our history. He is the founding father of this country and deserves to be the face of our currency.

“What I do not understand is the problem people have with our founding father which is now a portrait. Kenyatta never enforced himself on us!” Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi says.

Already two people; EALA MP Simon Mbugua and Activist Okiya Omtata have sued the CBK over the use of Kenyatta’s image on the new currency. CBK governor Njoroge says he is ready to meet anyone in court as a matter of urgency because designs of the new currency notes met all aspects of the law including public participation.

Only time will tell who is right!

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