Kenya replaces the images of presidents with images of animals to prevent the glorification of previous political leaders and instead promote the country’s wildlife.
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) recently revealed the new generation of coins featuring the country’s famous wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants, and rhinos.
President Uhuru Kenyatta comments in a BBC report that the bold move is a big change and shows that the country has come a long way.
The old generation coins bore the images of former rulers of the country — Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki, and Daniel Arap Moi — but the current president promises that he will never have his or other presidents’ image on Kenya’s currency.
Public outcry pushed the government to ban the use of presidents’ images on Kenya’s currency in line with the country’s new constitution that was adopted in 2010.
“CBK invited the public to provide their views on the elements that they desired on the coins,” CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge told Daily Nation.
“Having considered all submissions, CBK considered the most appropriate elements including the designs that best meet CBK’s technical requirements, serve the public aspirations and capture the spirit of the constitution.”
It will take some time to phase out the old generation coins, but the new coins will start circulating on Tuesday and available in dominations of Sh1, Sh5, Sh10, and Sh20.