Kenya's proposed new heraldry law

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Arthur Radburn
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Kenya's proposed new heraldry law

Postby Arthur Radburn » 08 Jul 2020, 18:40

While Malta appears to be grappling with the lack of clear legislative authority for its new heraldry office, Kenya is busy updating its heraldry law. A draft Heraldry Bill was open for public comment until the end of June. If passed, it will replace the existing College of Arms Act 1968.

Quite a few changes are proposed. The College of Arms (which is really a committee) will continue, but its members will now need to be experienced visual arts professionals , and the chairperson must have a qualification in the field. At present, no particular qualifications or experience are prescribed.

At present, the Registrar-General of Kenya is responsible for registering the grants of arms approved by the College, but the proposal is for the College to have its own registrar, who must be an experienced advocate.

The grant and registration process seems to be much the same (although the terms "grant' and "register" are used interchangeably). Confusingly, though, the bill states that the College grants arms and the Attorney-General "officially" grants arms.

In addition to coats of arms, the College will be able to register names, special names and uniforms (something evidently copied from South Africa).

They take unauthorised use of granted/registered arms seriously in Kenya. The present Act, which has been in operation since 1968, makes it an offence to use granted/registered arms without permission and prescribes a fine as penalty. The draft bill increases the fine from 5 000 Kenya shillings (about 47 USD) to 500 000 KES (about 4 700 USD), and adds the option of up to two years in prison.
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Re: Kenya's proposed new heraldry law

Postby Chris Green » 08 Jul 2020, 20:50

The English College of Arms might learn something.
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Re: Kenya's proposed new heraldry law

Postby Martin Goldstraw » 10 Jul 2020, 09:06

Thank you for bringing this to our attention - most interesting.
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