An article in the ENACT Observer on 27th August posed this question, saying that plans to replace old KSh1,000 notes (valued at around $10), many of which are counterfeits, on 1st October risks economic disruption.  It says that about $400 million in fake local and foreign currency has been seized this year, according to media reports – double the amount reported seized for all of last year.  The value of legal tender in KSh1,000 notes to be about $2.18 billion – about 83% of the total value of currency held in shilling banknotes.  It is the banknote of highest value in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, hence its value and the reason for its widespread use.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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