De la Rue, who prints Kenyan currency at its factory in Ruaraka, Nairobi, started adding a coat of varnish to Kenyan banknotes, to prolong their life and prevent defacing.

The Central Bank of Kenya has issued regulation that provide for jail terms of up to three years and heavy fines up to KES500,000 (= USD5,000.00) to those who deface banknotes or coins.


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