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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 47, November 22, 2009, Article 25

KENYA MAY BAN PORTRAITS ON ITS BANKNOTES

In the formative days of the United States, many people wanted to put George Washington's portrait on the new nation's coinage. He declined, thinking it more appropriate to honor the ideals of a nation rather than honor one individual. In framing its new constitution, Kenya may be taking Washington's lead. Thanks to P.K. Saha for forwarding the article. -Editor

Kenyan Paper Money

Kenya's coins and notes will not bear the portrait of any individual if the proposals in the new harmonised draft Constitution of Kenya are adopted.

The Committee of Experts, in a draft Constitution released on Tuesday, propose, "Notes and coins issued by the Central Bank of Kenya may bear images that depict or symbolise Kenya or an aspect of Kenya but may not bear the portrait of any individual."

This means that former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi will be the only last personalities to have had portraits on the Kenyan currency.

Kenyans have a month to make their contributions on what they think of the proposals before changes are made to the draft constitution.

A referendum is scheduled for early march next year.

The history of Kenyan currency dates back to 1966, when the Central Bank of Kenya issued notes in denominations of Sh5, Sh10, Sh20, Sh50 and Sh100.

Kenya's first President Jomo Kenyatta appeared on the banknotes issued until 1978, with President Daniel Moi's portrait replacing him in 1980.

To read the complete article, see: Draft constitution: Kenya currency to exclude portraits (www.nation.co.ke/business/news/-/1006/687788/-/item/0/-/a2j0ph/-/index.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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