On Thursday, activist Okiya Omtatah wrote to the Central Bank of Kenya demanding that CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge give a timeline as to when the new currency would be released.
Omtatah added that if Njoroge fails to adhere to his seven-day ultimatum he would take legal action against the Central Bank.
“We are in the process of having the new generation currency, but in accordance with the constitution,” said Njoroge.
Omtatah refuted the comments made by the governor and claimed the delay in the issuing out of the new currency was a result of political efforts being made to frustrate the entire process.
He accused the Central Bank of “working to protect the Kenyatta Hegemony.”
According to Article 231(4) of the 2010 Constitution all currency bearing portraits and images of individuals is against the law.
Omtatah claims the new approved currency will feature a buffalo, leopard, rhino, lion and elephant on the Sh 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 notes.
“They have not reached out to me with an official response. I will be heading to court if they don’t issue the timelines,” he stated.
This follows online reports that CBK agreed to announce a timeline to issue out the new currency in an attempt to avoid legal action.
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