Kenyans are a sceptical lot. They don’t believe that there is a new currency circulating.
One trader who talked to Mpasho.co.ke said, “A customer came here with what he said was the new Ksh 100 note, I flatly refused it. I told him to pay via Mpesa instead.”
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A light skin city woman joked, “Tulikua tunaringa na rangi ya thao now rangi ya thao is Ksh 50.”
Another woman, who hasn’t had the chance to see or use the new currency, said, “So, this is the Ksh 1,000? The good thing is that the corrupt people who stole taxpayers money will be caught when they try to change the money for the new currency.”
Most of those interviewed had no idea that the new currency has additional security features.
They include the texture, watermarked graphics and slightly raised indents on the zero figures in the notes, criminals have reportedly hacked a way of producing dubious copies of the notes.
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A Kenyan warned people that his pall has been conned 17,000 by tricksters who used fake notes to pay him for services rendered.
Check out the screenshot from the conversation in a Roads Alert WhatsApp group.