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.
Uhuru Kenyatta Education : 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. 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.In school, besides playing rugby, Mr. Kenyatta‘s other passion was drama and in November, 1977, he featured in the Comic Opera The Mikadoas father with child.However, while still at St Mary’s at the age of 17, the young Kenyatta lost his father on August 22, 1978. He completed his “A” Levels, and passed with three principals.He worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank’s Kipande House in Nairobi. He left the bank in 1980 for Amherst College, USA, to study Political Science and Economics. Mr. Kenyatta graduated in 1985. He lists football and golf as his hobbies and loves watching athletics on television.
UHURU KENYATTA CAREER:
Despite his defeat, KANU leader and then Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, seemed intent on preparing him for a greater role in public service. In 1999, Moi appointed him as the chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board.
In 2001, he was nominated by President Moi for a parliament seat. Later, Moi appointed him to the cabinet as Minister for Local Government. The following year, he was elected as one of the four vice-chairs of KANU.
In 2002, he was also nominated as the KANU candidate for the presidency by outgoing President Moi, who was ineligible to stand for another term and wanted someone of his own choosing to succeed him.
However, Moi’s plans backfired as some KANU members left the party to support opposition leader Mwai Kibaki, who conveniently defeated Kenyatta in the elections. Then Kenyatta assumed the position of opposition leader in the parliament from January 2003 to December 2007.
In 2005, he was elected the chairman of KANU. Though he decided to contest Kenya’s next presidential election in December 2007, he withdrew his candidacy a few months before the election and instead opted to back Kibaki, who was running for re-election against Raila Odinga.
When the 2007 election results showed that Kibaki had narrowly defeated Odinga, the outcome was rejected by many of the latter’s supporters, followed by widespread violence along ethnic lines for several weeks.
Kibaki initially made Kenyatta the Minister of Local Government in January 2008, but later when a coalition government formed, Uhuru was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade. The next year, in January 2009, he was moved from the post of Minister of Trade to the Minister of Finance, a post he served in until January 2012.
In 2010, he was accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as one of the suspects for instigating the post election violence that followed the 2007 election polls. Shortly after his charges were announced, he resigned as Minister of Finance but remained on his post as Deputy Prime Minister, which he retained until becoming the president of Kenya.
The ICC charges did not discourage him from once again aiming for the presidency. In April 2012, he left KANU and the following month, he launched a new party, The National Alliance (TNA). Later that year, he and TNA became part of a multiparty alliance known as the ‘Jubilee Coalition’.
In the 2013 elections, he was nominated as the presidential candidate by the party. He went on to win the presidential election in the first round of voting, held on March 4, 2013. He was sworn in as president on April 9, 2013, and has been serving in this post since then.
Upon completing his graduation, Uhuru Kenyatta returned to his homeland and started a company ‘Wilham Kenya Limited’, through which he sourced and exported agricultural produce and became quite successful.
In 1997, he was elected as the chairman of his hometown branch of Kenya African National Union (KANU), the longtime ruling party that his father had once led. Later that year, he contested for a parliamentary seat but lost the election.
UHURU KENYATTA WEALTH: Net Worth: $500 Million. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the President of Kenya and the son of Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta. In 2011, Forbes estimated his net worth at $500 million. Most of his wealth comes from property.
UHURU KENYATTA FAMILY: Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret Kenyatta have three children: Jomo, Ngina and Muhoho.
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UHURU KENYATTA HEIGHT: Uhuru Kenyatta is around 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) tall
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50 little known facts about President Uhuru Kenyatta
- He was conceived in Samburu
- He was born in Nairobi
- He is left handed