Judges move to establish Jomo kenyattas statute whether its part of KICC

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High Court judges Thursday will finally visit the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi to establish whether Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s statue is part of the building.

Activist Okiya Omtatah has faulted the Central Bank of Kenya for retaining the image of Mzee Kenyatta on the new currency notes.

A three-judge bench hearing the case challenging the use of the statute in the new currency notes said it will observe representations of the statue and the KICC on the new notes.

The bench said they were persuaded to make a visit to the site following arguments by rights activist Okiya Omtatah that will enable the court to determine for itself whether or not the first President’s statue is part of the KICC building.

Justices George Kimondo, Anthony Murima and Asenath Nyaboke said the session will be a formal court session and court may invite comments of parties.

The Central Bank of Kenya has denied claims that the new generation banknotes bear the portrait of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

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Omtatah in his suit accused the CBK Governor of violating the Constitution by having a statue of Kenya’s founding president at the back of all the new notes. 

But the Governor argued that the process of design, printing and issue of the new currency was strictly conducted in compliance with the Constitution and the law, was neither tainted with illegality nor unconstitutional as alleged by Omtata.

Omtatah also wants the court to admit his amended petition.

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