Four months after the new generation banknotes were introduced, members of the public have started raising questions about the durability of the sleek new currency.
A section of Kenyans has observed that the new currency notes are ageing rather quickly and they have raised concerns over their quality.
Despite being relatively new in the market, some of the notes look worn out and the Central Bank of Kenya has been forced to ask the public to handle them carefully.
In a post on Twitter, CBK noted that the notes have undergone a ‘rough initiation’ in the first few months.
“In the first few months, our new banknotes are going through a rather rough ‘initiation’.
“But we hope that Kenyans will handle the currency properly,” said CBK on Wednesday.
In the first few months, our new banknotes are going through a rather rough ‘initiation’. But we hope that Kenyans will handle the currency properly.
— Central Bank of Kenya (@CBKKenya) October 2, 2019
CBK also announced the successful completion of the demonetization of the older series Sh1000 notes.
7,386,000 pieces of older Sh1000 notes were rendered worthless at the end of the exercise.
Here are some reactions from Kenyans on Twitter;
Don’t you know Kenyans? One of the best way for them to differentiate fake currency from real ones is by taking the note though a ‘crumble test’!
— Valentine Obara 🇰🇪 (@mista_obara) October 2, 2019
For something made that is intended to pass through several hands over its lifetime,…THIS IS LAME!
— The Maverick (@maverickkenyan) October 2, 2019
I am sure you did NOT think of that when who to award the tender was the only concern you had. Wacheni upuzi nyinyi
— Nereah Amondi Oketch (@AmondiNereah) October 2, 2019
Have you seen a dirty 500 note… Get ready for reprinting.
— Noreen Mcdall ✨ (@nyakomala) October 2, 2019
The new currency is just so poor quality. Afadhali ya kitambo
— Alison_james (@Alisonj09424077) October 2, 2019