Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

DATE OF BIRTH


October 26, 1961

GENDER


Male

OCCUPATION


Politician

FAMILY


Second born son of Jomo and Ngina Kenyatta. Married to Margaret Kenyatta; they have three children

BIOGRAPHY


Former President Uhuru Kenyatta completed his secondary school education at St Mary’s, Nairobi, in 1979. He then joined Amherst College, a prestigious private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, US, from 1981 to 1985 and graduated with a degree in political science and economics.

Mr Kenyatta served as the fourth president of Kenya. First elected in 2013 alongside his deputy William Ruto, he was re-elected in 2017 in a controversial poll that was nullified by the Supreme Court, forcing a repeat poll that was held on his birthday in 2017. He won and was sworn into office for his final term on November 28, 2017. After completing his term, he handed over power to his deputy, Dr William Ruto, in 2022, after the latter won the presidential election against his closes rival, Mr Raila Odinga. 

His first stab at elective politics in 1997 was unsuccessful when he lost the Gatundu South Parliamentary seat to Mr Moses Muhia of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). However, former President Daniel arap Moi nominated him to parliament in 2001 and appointed him Minister for Local Government. The following year, Mr Moi controversially picked him as his preferred successor in the 2002 general election. He lost to Mwai Kibaki and he became the official leader of opposition until the tail end of 2007 when he opted defect to the government to support Mr Kibaki’s re-election.

Mr Kibaki was declared the winner of the contested poll that was followed by post-election violence. Later, Mr Kibaki and his main rival, Mr Raila Odinga, formed a grand coalition government where the former President appointed Mr Kenyatta as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade. He then redeployed him to the Ministry of Finance. 

Latest articles on Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta:

  1. This is not politics, IG Koome says on scaling down of Uhuru's security

    He said the changes were made in accordance with the law.

    Japhet Koome
  2. Ruto administration to borrow Sh3.6 trillion in first term

    Analysts had expected that the Ruto administration would cut fresh borrowing by a larger margin.

  3. Humphrey Kariuki: From tax evasion claims to hosting State guests

    There were no DCI, KRA or Director of Public Prosecutions officials ready to pounce on him.

    William Ruto Mt Kenya Safari Club
  4. Rift MPs tell off Azimio over proposed Sh28bn Eldoret hospital

    Azimio team has asked the Kenya Kwanza administration to suspend the implementation of the project President Ruto's hometown of Eldoret

    A signpost at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County
  5. Azimio opposes Sh28 billion planned Eldoret hospital

    Azimio said it opposes the Sh28 billion planned Eldoret hospital as it will be a conduit of corrupt deals.

    Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi
  6. Sakaja: Nairobi is not for one tribe, but everyone

    He said Nairobi is a special county that cannot be governed from the lenses of tribe

    Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on December 7, 2022.
  7. Uhuru meets Raila in Mombasa as he enjoys Coastal weekend

    Mr Odinga on Sunday said he had met Mr Kenyatta.

  8. A letter to Chiggai, President's women’s rights advisor

    Is there anything you can do to get majority men into the GBV movement, starting with your boss?

  9. Azimio faces turmoil on Uhuru exit

    President Ruto has launched an aggressive campaign to win over opposition legislators.

    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta. 
  10. Political prophet? How Ka-White’s song predicted Azimio poll defeat

    The 7:27 minutes-long track talks of how a big man will fall and “the hunted will prevail”.

    A screen grab of Ka-White Mwana wa White in the video of his song “Ningugucokia”.
  11. Electricity prices to jump 15pc Sunday as Ruto stops subsidy

    Epra says the 15 percent discount would not be extended beyond its expiry date of December 31.

    A prepaid electricity token machine provided by Kenya Power and Lightning Company.
  12. Ruto to Rift leaders: Uhuru dumped me despite my loyalty

    According to President Ruto, Mr Kenyatta did everything to ensure he did not ascend to power.

    William Ruto Uhuru Kenyatta
  13. South Rift leaders press Ruto for projects at second meeting in one month

    The entourage comprised Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies

  14. Uhuru Kenyatta's life after State House

    Former President marks 100 days since his retirement while trying to restore peace in Ethiopia and DR Congo.

    Uhuru Kenyatta
  15. DP Rigathi Gachagua’s big bid to unite Mt Kenya in post-Uhuru era

    Plucked from obscurity to the top of Mount Kenya politics, the Deputy President is out to consolidate his support.

    Rigathi Gachagua
  16. Raila: Ignore Ruto, we’ll reintroduce improved BBI

    He says President Ruto now wants to introduce aspects of the BBI despite earlier rejecting the document.

    Raila Odinga and William Ruto
  17. Teen amateur star Kibugu fresh departure from bogey-laden Kenyan pros

    The Stroke Play victory earned Lejirmah a place in next year’s Magical Kenya Open.

    Njoroge Kibugu
  18. Ethiopian, Tigray commanders agree on peace deal modalities

    President Kenyatta says the team’s hope is to have Ethiopia enjoy its new year 2023 and Christmas in January in peace.

    Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
  19. Three events that shaped Kenya's gender equality space in 2022

    In his manifesto, President Ruto committed to a 50-50 gender representation in his cabinet but he later reneged on this pledge

  20. Kikuyu elders drop Raila, now rally behind Ruto, Rigathi

    The council’s national vice chairman David Muthoga and a group of elders vowed to support the administration of Dr Ruto and Mr Gachagua.

    Kikuyu Council of Elders

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