What is the most iconic thing in Kenya? Is it the KICC or MT Kenya?
Kenyans have continued protest over the manner in which the new generation currency notes were unveiled by the central bank of Kenya which went ahead to tell Kenyans to be proud and forget the issues raised.
But Kenyans want the constitution followed to letter.
In this age where terror attacks are prone, earthquakes, something like the KICC could be a victim that could be brought down. Would it remain to be the iconic thing in Kenya yet it is already in the Kenyan currency?
The use of the building as an iconic building in the Kenyan currency has elicited a heated debate with some claiming that it was a way of using it to sneak in the statue of Jomo Kenyatta.
The most ICONIC Kenyan landmark is Mt. Kenya – snow capped mountain on the equator NOT KICC. Or was it a convenient way of sneaking in statue of the first President? We must follow the letter and spirit of the Constitution -no HUMAN IMAGE should be on new currencies!
— Prof J. Ole Kiyiapi (@JamesOleKiyiapi) June 3, 2019
The case to challenge the use of Jomo Kenyatta has now being considered as a weighty matter which the High Court has requested Chief Justice David Maraga to form a three-judge bench which seeks to stop the issuance of the new currency.
Justice Weldon Korir alleges the matters raised in the petition raise substantial questions of law.
If the portrait is used on the new currency it will be a continuous use since Kenya gained independence and will continue for centuries before the country again embarks on changing the face of the currency.
Others allege that there are hidden messages from the Founding Father embedded in the engraved image on the various denominations of our printed Kenyan currency.
Activist Okiya Omtata’s main argument in the petition questions why the late President Jomo Kenyatta’s portrait was included thus violating Article 231(4) of the Constitution.
Article 231(4) of the Constitution decrees that Kenyan currency bank notes shall not bear the portrait of any individual, each new generation Kenyan currency banknote bears a prominently displayed portrait of the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
Is that not a violation of the law?
The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), formerly the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is a 28-story building located in Nairobi, Kenya and was commissioned by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1967.
Kenya also has many other places of world interest that are worth visiting, KICC is not one of them. Why did it have to be included?
East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Simon Mbugua further argues that the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) did not involve the public in the printing and unveiling of the notes and that the inclusion of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was unlawful.
The KICC is ranked as one of the top places to hold conferences on the continent, a feat considering its age in comparison to shinier venues and locations throughout Africa.
We as citizens should be proud of the New Generation Currency banknotes. pic.twitter.com/3LB8cONTYP
— Central Bank of Kenya (@CBKKenya) June 3, 2019