In Summary
  • Appearing before a three-judge bench on Wednesday, Mr Omtatah pleaded to be allowed to amend his petition to include the site visit, saying it was necessary.
  • He accuses Central Bank of Kenya and its Governor Patrick Njoroge of contravening Article 231(4) of the Constitution by retaining the portrait of Kenya’s first President on the new generation currency notes.
  • Further, Mr Omtatah faults the CBK for acting contrary to Section 34 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution by directing that all the old Sh1,000 notes be withdrawn by October 1.

Activist Okiya Omtatah now wants judges to visit the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi to ascertain whether Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's statue is part of the building.

He is battling inclusion of the founding father's portrait on the new currency notes.

Appearing before a three-judge bench on Wednesday, Mr Omtatah pleaded to be allowed to amend his petition to include the site visit, saying it was necessary.

Justices Anthony Mrima, Kimondo Kanyi and Arsenath Ongeri directed him and other respondents to argue the application on Thursday morning, after which they will make a ruling on the matter.

OMTATAH'S CLAIMS

In his petition, Mr Omtatah accuses Central Bank of Kenya and its Governor Patrick Njoroge of contravening Article 231(4) of the Constitution by retaining the portrait of Kenya’s first President on the new generation currency notes.

Further, Mr Omtatah faults the CBK for acting contrary to Section 34 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution by directing that all the old Sh1,000 notes be withdrawn by October 1.

“The petitioner is aggrieved that contrary to Article 231(4) of the Constitution, which decrees that Kenyan currency bank notes shall not bear the portrait of any individual, each new generation Kenyan currency bank note bears a prominently displayed portrait of the late President Jomo Kenyatta,” he says in the petition.

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