Former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto is a confused man after he was handed the old Sh1000 notes at a Nairobi bank, a week after the bills were recalled by the Central Bank of Kenya.

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The CBK has since introduced new notes for the denomination, alongside others for the Sh50, 100, 200 and 500 denominations, in a bid to tackle corruption cartels using it for illicit deals.

But the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) boss has questioned the directive, after he was given the very same note supposed to have been recalled, at a bank, where people are expected to surrender the old notes.

"Nilienda benki na nikapewa pesa mara mbili, hii mpya na ile mzee, na zote ni elfu moja. Sasa Mimi sielewi (I don't understand, I have been at the bank and I was given two kinds of Sh1000 notes, the new and old ones)," he said.

The leader was speaking on Radio Jambo's Mazungumzo Waziwazi show on Wednesday night.

He also weighed-in on the debate revolving around the CBK's move, dismissing recent claims from Nominated Member of Parliament Maina Kamanda that people are stashing up to Sh1 trillion in the old notes at their homes.

Basing his argument on the CBK's statistics that only Sh300 billion is in circulation, he found the remarks misleading, daring those making them to go a step further.

"Kama kuna hizo pesa mahali si waende wazitoe (if there is such money somewhere then let them go and retrieve it)," he said.

Kenyans have until October one to return all the old notes in their possession.