Central Bank of Kenya unveils mobile app to create awareness about new bank notes

Months after the new bank notes were introduced in the country in a bid to curb money laundering, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has launched a mobile app for Android devices to create increased awareness about the new currency by helping users learn more and familiarize themselves with the new notes.

After downloading and installing the CBK app, which went live on the play store this week, a user is able to then explore the various security features of each of the notes – from Kshs 50, 100, 200, 500 to the highest denomination, the Kshs 1,000 bank note.

Listing samples of the notes from Kshs 50 to Kshs 1,000, the app has an audio with instructions which take the user through the security features of each note, both when viewed from the front as well as from the back, from the top of each note to the bottom. And just like the notes, which have both English and Swahili texts, the app is also inscribed in both English and Swahili, giving instructions like Tilt (Pindua in Swahili), Feel (Gusa) and Look (Tazama).

The instructions on how to check and verify the various security features are also inscribed on the app.

Being new to the play store, it’s  still too early to gauge the number of downloads of the CBK app though they are not as many.

After the mobile app for Android device owners, CBK says that it’s still working on the iOS app.


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