Kenyan high court dismisses challenge to new banknote series

Central bank had been accused of violating constitution with banknote designs

New Kenyan shilling notes
The new 500 and 1,000 shilling note designs, with the Kenyatta International Convention Centre visible in the left panels
Courtesy of the Central Bank of Kenya

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has won a court case on the design of its new banknotes, after the design was accused of violating the constitution.

The controversy stemmed from an image of a statue of Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya. The banknotes depict the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, including the statue, but some argued the picture constituted a “portrait”.

The Kenyan constitution stipulates that notes and coins can carry images that “depict or symbolise Kenya”

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