By Henix Obuchunju
The visually impaired persons in Kenya have a reason to smile after the government unveiled new generation coins with features that make it easy to identify the currency.
The coins have a new identity with Sh 1 bearing the image of a giraffe, Sh 5 that of a rhino,Sh 10: A lion and Sh 20 bearing the image of an elephant.
With this, it will be easy for the visually impaired to recognize each coin by simply touching as the portraits of animals have different shapes.
The coins were launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta alongside Central Bank of Kenya governor Patrick Njoroge with its circulation beginning today.
Unlike the previous ones which had portraits of former presidents, the new coins have adopted photos of wildlife which represent Kenyan heritage and values as dictated by the 2010 constitution.
The launch comes after the Court of Appeal on October 12, 2018 dismissed Activist Okiya Omtata’s case challenging the award of tender awarded to British firm De La Rue to print the new currency.
According to CBK, the documents on the tender were illegally obtained by Omtata as he never participated in the tendering process, nor was his company involved.