President Uhuru Kenyatta Born October 26, 1961, Kenya’s fourth President, Mr.Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s ﬁrst President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He was named Uhuru in anticipation of independence in 1963.
Although his father was the President, Uhuru would spend time in the Gatundu home and it is only when he was seven in 1968 that he celebrated his birth day at State House; it was the only time that he did so.
He owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and heir to some of the largest land holdings in Kenya.
Mr. Kenyatta attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi and played as a winger in the school’s rugby team. He attained a Division 1 in his “O” Level exams, with a distinction in English. He completed his “A” Levels, and passed with three principals. In 1980 he joined Amherst College, USA, to study Political Science and Economics. Mr. Kenyatta graduated in 1985.
Kenya has so far had a total of 4 presidents. The first President, Jomo Kenyatta was a Prime Minister before he became president. He served as Prime Minister from December 1963 till December 1964. During Jomo Kenyatta’s regime there were no presidential elections until his death in August 1978, while on holiday.
After this his vice-president, Daniel Arap Moi took over and a year after Kenyatta’s death when the 1979 elections were held he was the only contestant. He became the longest serving president, serving 24 years.
Mwai Kibaki won the elections in 2002. In 2013 Kenya’s biggest elections were held in which Uhuru Kenyatta (Incumbent) won with 50.07% of the vote.
Uhuru and his family also own Brookside Dairies, Kenya’s largest dairy company, as well as stakes in popular television station K24 and a commercial bank in Nairobi, among other interests.
In a rare photo taken at St Mary’s, he is pictured in school uniform receiving an award as the top“A” Level student in history from the then Vice-President and Minister for Finance, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, the man he was to succeed as President.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta receives the national constitution to represent the instrument of his power and authority from his predecessor Mwai Kibaki in Nairobi
Mr. Kenyatta married his best friend Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo, a daughter of the former Kenya Railways general manager, Dr E.N. Gakuo, in 1991.
According to her friends, Margaret Kenyatta is a noble and simple woman who loves keeping her life normal despite the fact that she is married to the son of the first President of Kenya who is now the President.
Together they have three children: Jomo, Ngina and Muhoho.
Uhuru was accompanied by Chief of Defence forces General Julius Karangi and the two wore matching boots.
The president, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), wore the military uniform
Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi. His initial entry into politics came through his election as the chairman of his hometown branch of the ruling party, KANU, in 1997. This came with the tacit approval of President Moi. At the time, many saw the election as a calculated move to prepare Uhuru for bigger things.
It’s definitely not all work without play for Presdent Uhuru Kenyatta
The President is a good friend with Akon and praised Akon for being a role model in Africa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Famous Quotes
We have not traveled this road before and we must seek God’s guidance in walking this unchartered terrain.
I would like to assure all Kenyans that we are determined to deal with any internal and external threats to our peace and security.
The value addition initiatives will diversify our export base and lead to increased production of goods and services that will be consumed locally, regionally and internationally.
There is no reason whatsoever why that cannot happen because we must begin to change our culture.