President Uhuru Kenyatta is a Kenyan politician who is the current and the 4th president of Kenya. He is also a businessman. He is the son of Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta. His name ‘Uhuru’ came from the anticipation of independence in 1963. He was born in Gatundu constituency, Kiambu county.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Age and Birthday
Having been born on 26th October 1961, the president will celebrate his 59th birthday on 26th October 2019. Uhuru Kenyatta hails from the Kikuyu tribe, which is dominant in central Kenya.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Education
President Kenyatta attended Loreto Convent Valley Road (before it became a girls-only school). He later went to St. Mary’s School in Nairobi. In school, Mr Kenyatta was good in both his studies and co-curricular activities.
He achieved a Division 1 in his “O” Level exams, with a distinction in English. In fact, in a rare photo taken at St Mary’s, he is pictured in school uniform receiving an award from Mwai Kibaki, the then Vice President and Minister for Finance. He was being awarded for being the top “A” level student in History.
Mr Kenyatta played rugby in school and was a winger in the school’s rugby team. In addition to playing rugby, he was also passionate about drama and featured in the Witty Play “The Mikado as father with child”.
He completed his “A” Levels and passed with three pricipals. He then worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial bank in Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta then left for Amherst College, United States in 1982 to study Economics and Political Science.
His cousin, Mr Ngengi Muigai, preceded him at Amherst and is said to have influenced his choice of the college. He graduated in 1985 and returned home to join his family’s extensive business. He also started Wiham company which would collect agricultural products for export.
Nevertheless, while still at the school and aged 17, President Kenyatta lost his father on August 22, 1978. His father passed on aged 89.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Siblings
President Kenyatta has 6 siblings, 3 brothers; Peter Magana Kenyatta, Peter Muigai Kenyatta, Muhoho Kenyatta and 3 sisters; Margaret Kenyatta, Christine Wambui and Jane Wambui.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Wife
Mr. Kenyatta married his wife First Lady Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo at the Holy Family Basilica in 1989.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Family and Children
He and His wife have 3 children Jomo Kenyatta, Ngina Kenyatta, and Muhoho Kenyatta. All the three children went to school outside the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Relatives
Mrs. Beth Mugo, a formerly nominated senator is a cousin to Uhuru Kenyatta. Among his powerful relatives is George Muhoho, a former managing director at the Kenya Airports Authority. He was also one of former President Kibaki’s close friends.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Net Worth
President Uhuru Kenyatta has an estimated net worth of overs 50 billion Kenya Shillings.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Political life
President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently serving his second term as the President of Kenya. His political career which began in 1990, has had several milestones.
In July 1990, Uhuru Kenyatta joined a group of young Kenyans who were fighting for political Pluralism in the retired Daniel Moi’s KANU government. Other members of the group included Mr. Francis Michuki, Mr. Peter Mboya, Mr. Alfred Gitonga and Mr. Argwings Ceaser Kodhek. The group informed the George Saitoti-led Kanu Electoral Review Committee that Kenyans were demanding expansion of the political space. (multi-partism).
The first multi-party elections were held in 1992. Uhuru Kenyatta supported Ford Asili of Kenneth Matiba but did not run for a parliamentary seat. Through the Gatundu Professionals Group, which consisted of Mr. David Kigochi and permanent secretary Wamatu Njoroge, Mr. Kenyatta entered the main Gatundu politics ahead of the General Election in 1997.
By 1997, Mr. Kenyatta run for the Gatundu parliamentary seat through Kanu but lost to Mr. Moses Muihia. However, in 1999, President Daniel Moi appointed him the chaiman of the Kenya Tourism Board. One year later, He was nominated to parliament after the departure of Mark Too. Mr. Kenyatta was then appointed to the cabinet as the minister for Local Government. In march 2001, he was elected as one of the four countrywide Kanu vice-chairmen.
After President Moi’s last term, several Kanu leaders wanted to clinch the presidential seat. However, Mr President Kenyatta was Moi’s favorite to run for the presidency. This saw the exit of Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr. Raila Odinga and George Saitoti from Kanu to join Liberal Democratic Party.
In December 27 2002, presidential elections were held with Mr. Kenyatta as a presidential candidate. However, he garnered only 31% losing to opposition leader Mwai Kibaki who took 62%. Nevertheless, president Uhuru Kenyatta accepted defeat earning a lot of respect among Kenyans. After losing the presidential race, he became the official leader of opposition.
During the December 2007 presidential election, Mr Kenyatta was not in the race and backed president Mwai Kibaki for re-election. However, he ran for the Gatundu South parliamentary seat which he won. He was also reappointed to the Ministry of local Government in January 2008. Later, he was appointed the Deputy prime minister and minister for trade in the Grand coalition government formed after the post-election violence. In 2009, he was appointed minister for Finance but he resigned in 2012.
Uhuru Kenyatta Became President in 2013
In 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s National Alliance(TNA) joined with the current deputy president William Ruto’s United Republican Party(URP). Together they formed the Jubilee party and nominated President Uhuru Kenyatta as the presidential candidate and William Ruto as the running mate.
In the highly contested March 4, 2013 general election, President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election in the first round against his main competitor Mr. Raila Odinga. He became the fourth president of Kenya. Raila Odinga challenged President Kenyatta’s win in the Supreme Court of Kenya but lost the petition and Mr. Kenyatta was declared the validly elected 4th Kenyan President and William Ruto, his running mate, became the Deputy President.
After 5 years, Mr. Kenyatta finished his first term as president. During the 2018 general elections, president Kenyatta was in the presidential race again, seeking re-election to the country’s top job. He sought the seat on a Jubilee ticket with William Ruto as his running mate. Due to his massive popularity, advantage of incumbency and his promises to improve the people’s life, He was re-elected as the president for a second and last 5-year term, with William Ruto as his deputy.
The Kenyatta Family Land, Companies and Sources of Wealth
President Uhuru Kenyatta is ranked among some of the wealthiest Kenyans.
- Commercial Bank of Africa(CBA)
- Peponi schools where school fees per term is over Ksh500, 000
- Brookside Diary. It is one of the largest diary companies in Kenya
- Mediamax Group. It consists the K24 Television station, Kameme, Milele and Meru radio stations. It also includes the People Newspaper.
- Large Prime tracks of land. Uhuru owns prime pieces of land in Gatundu, Taita Taveta and Kahawa Sukari
- Chartis Insurance, owned by the Kenyatta family is one of the leading insurance firms in Kenya
- Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha
- Voyager Beach Resort. A five-star hotel in Mombasa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta at ICC
In December 2008, after the post-election violence in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta was named one of the six suspects who organized and funded the 2007-2008 violence by Luis Moreno Ocampo, the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor at the time.
The other suspects named alongside him were William Ruto, Joshua Sang, Francis Muthaura, Major General Mohammed Ali and Henry Kosgey. In 2012, the pre-trial chamber sitting at The Hague confirmed the charges against Uhuru.
However, the charges against Mr. Kenyatta and the other suspects were later dropped due to lack of enough evidence.
16 Quick Facts About President Uhuru Kenyatta
- He has 3 children, 2boys, 1 girl
- He is left handed
- He worked for KCB at Kipande House and earned Ksh. 600 monthly while working there.
- Played as a winger in the St Mary’s School rugby team
- He was the first finance minister to create a loan facility for the Kenyan JuaKali sector.
- The first ministry he worked in was the Ministry of Trade
- Joined politics in 1989
- He lost his first parliamentary election
- His favorite color is Blue
- He lost his father while in form four
- He met his wife in Mombasa in 1978
- The first car he owned was an Alfa Romeo
- While in High School, he participated in drama and featured in the comic play “The Mikadoas father with child”
- He wears specs while reading
- He is a catholic
- He was the first politician to concede defeat in Presidential elections
7 Interesting Similarities Between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former US President Barack Obama.
- Both were born in 1961
- Both of their first ladies were born in 1964
- Both are left handed
- Both are said to be smokers
- Both don’t have Christian names
- Both Mr. Kenyatta’s father and Obama’s father had four wives each
- Both of them have the same height.
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