Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has appealed to Kenyans to amend the constitution to allow heroes and heroines to appear in currencies.
The Elgeyo Marakwet senator said the decision to prohibit portraits of individuals from appearing on the currency notes was rushed during Moi’s reign.
Article 213 (4) of the constitution says 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.”
Following the introduction of the new currency notes, there has been an uproar over the use of the first president Jomo Kenyatta’s portrait.
Despite activist Okiya Omtatah and East Africa Legislative Assembly lawmaker Simon Mbugua filing petitions against their rollout, the new currency notes have been dispatched Friday.