Many are the times you find yourself with a disfigured or written Kenyan currency in your hands but did you know that such habits could make you end up in jail? Here are just some of the things that you do to the currency that could land you in jail:
- Writing on bank notes
writing on bank notes is an offense and could earn you a three month jail sentence. The law stipulates:
“Any person who wilfully and without authority or excuse defaces… any currency note shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to both,”
2. Tearing notes
If you intentionally tear, cut or mutilate a currency note in any way, a similar punishment is given.
3. Damaging coins
“Any person who melts down, breaks up, defaces… coin current for the time being in Kenya is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding KSh 8,000 or to imprisonment for six months or to both,” the law states.
4. Inappropriate use
Inappropriate use of coins or currency could land you in jail too. Typical habits like scratching airtime with a coin can land you in jail for 6 months!