The Kenyan decision is an attempt to prevent the glorification of political leaders. So now, the coins have instead the heads of some animals: lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. Ex-rulers Joma Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki wew on the coins. President Uhuru Kenyatta , the son of Kenya’s first leader Jomo Kenyatta , said the new coins were a “big change” and showed “our nation has come a long way”. The new constitution states that the currency “shall not bear the portrait of any individual”.
The central bank axplained the choice of animals: it gives “physical expression to a newly reborn and prosperous” Kenya, and shows respect for the environment. Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge also said this a way to show Kenya’s global uniquenes. Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It has an abundance of flora and fauna, many of which are protected by wildlife reserves and national parks. The country is the birthplace of the modern safari.