A Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) official has refuted social media allegations that the new Ksh200 note bears the picture of Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr Fred Matiang’i.
Speaking to EDAILY on condition of anonymity, the CBK rep said “Kenyans on social media shouldn’t be too quick to speculate on something they cannot prove”.
Last week, claims were rampant on social media platforms — Facebook and Twitter — that the image of Matiang’i in the company of young children in a classroom setting was incorporated in the design of the new Ksh200 note.
Social media users even lauded the “online detectives”, who managed to make that interesting “discovery”.
The big question on a section of the skeptical online users was: was it true that the CS’s picture was used in designing the Ksh200 note?
When reached for comment, a CBK official in position of authority, vehemently denied that allegation.
“It is not true that the CBK used the Interior minister’s picture in the layout of the new generation Ksh200 note. Kenyans are sometimes quick to speculate on something they can’t even prove. For instance, at the time the rumours were circulating, no Kenyan had gotten hold of the new Ksh200 note. So, how could they prove that allegation?” posed the CBK official, adding: “Media shouldn’t give coverage to such unfounded speculations.”
EDAILY’s keen look at the Matiang’i picture and the drawing on the Ksh200 note shows differences between the two images.
In the Matiang’i picture, one child – a girl – looks at the CS, as another child – a boy – looks at the female classmate whose attention is on the CS.
In the picture used on the new Ksh200 note, three children are attentive on what is displayed on two laptops, devices which are not present in the Matiang’i picture. However, a man dressed in suit stands behind them as he shows them something on the laptops.
CBK Governor, Dr Patrick Njoroge, launched the new generation notes on June 1 with a bid to curb counterfeiting of the Kenyan currency.
The new notes were released for circulation on June 6.