This is after an activist wrote to the CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge requesting that the representation of the establishing father of the country Jomo Kenyatta be discarded. Njoroge said the new era cash will be taken off soon yet did not give the correct date.
Activist Okiya Omtatah in his letter had argued that the constitution stipulates the notes and coins should not bear any portrait of an individual.
He averred that Article 231 of the constitution says that the currency should depict Kenya as a country and not an individual.
“Notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolize Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but shall not bear the portrait of any individual,” says Articel 231(4). Consequently, Governor Njoroge has agreed to replace the portrait of Mzee Kenyatta which has dominated local notes and coins for long with another image. Omtatah had given CBK a seven day ultimatum to remove the portrait of the from all currency or face a law suit.