Jomo Kenyatta

President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta presents the "President's Award booklet" to Miss Janis Joy Dunstan, of Australia, at State House Mombasa on September 3, 1971. She was one of the 34 members of the Commonwealth Gold Award expedition who called on him.

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How Jomo Kenyatta was coerced into taking over the leadership of Kanu

What you need to know:

  • The colonial government was  putting pressure on Kenyatta to keep off active politics and let young politicians lead.
  • In Kanu, a plot was underway to push Kenyatta in isolation and force him to take up leadership of the party.

For the 15 years that he was in power, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta dominated national politics by maintaining a tight grip on Kanu. His name became synonymous with the party, and his position as party leader became almost unassailable.

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