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


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 is 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.

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. How Rigathi, Karua will shape race to State House

    How the running mate question will impact the race to succeed Kenyatta.

    Martha Karua
  2. Mutuma Mathiu: Just judge them by their history

    The race between Raila and Ruto now presents a clear choice between two political and economic mindsets.

    William Ruto and Raila Odinga
  3. Ruto whips his Kakamega troops into line after days of wrangling

    Mr Malala had been at loggerheads with Mr Khalwale and Mr Washiali on whether they should support parliamentary candidates from their parties.

    Cleophas Malala
  4. Raila, Ruto raise stakes in Mt Kenya vote hunt

    Mr Odinga and DP Ruto are keen to take a sizeable chunk of Mt Kenya votes which they see as the key determinant of whether they will win in the August poll.

    raila ruto infographic
  5. Uhuru will not visit Tharaka Nithi, county commissioner says

    The supposed visit was announced by area Governor Muthomi Njuki on Tuesday.

  6. Ruto: Don't vote Raila, he has a history of sabotaging governments

    Dr Ruto also said that Mr Odinga had fallen out with his key allies

    Deputy President William Ruto
  7. Vihiga to get first chartered university before elections

    Speculation is rife that President Kenyatta could tour the county in June and award the charter.

  8. Last-minute rush with AfriCities summit just hours away

    Kisumu is the first intermediary city to host the event that started in 1998.

    Eliud Kipchoge
  9. Uhuru arrives in Kisumu for Africities summit

    The head of state was welcomed by Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o.

    Africities
  10. Martha Karua: As a DP, I will not seek to outshine my boss

    Ms Karua said Azimio Coalition has in the last two months made in-roads in Mt Kenya.

    Raila Odinga and Martha Karua
  11. Uhuru, Raila in Kisumu for AfriCities

    Other round table forums will comprise ministers, mayors and leaders of local governments.

    Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga
  12. Define deputies' roles, women demand

    Lobbies want legal framework and assurance that they will not be packed in offices like flower girls

  13. Kalonzo calls allies for 'big announcement'

    Wiper Kenya party sent out invitations to its legislators for a Monday morning meeting.

    Kalonzo Musyoka
  14. I will protect you, Gachagua tells Uhuru

    Mr Gachagua says all court cases facing him and other Hustler Nation leaders as “fake and evil.”

    Richathi Gachagua
  15. Kindiki on Ruto running mate: I will make my stand known tomorrow

    Prof Kindiki skipped DP Ruto’s event, which unveiled Rigathi Gachagua as the Kenya Kwanza running mate.

    Kithure Kindiki
  16. Why regional kingpins have little to offer Raila, Ruto

    Paper tigers Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Uhuru and Karua have little to offer from their backyards in terms of party support.

  17. Peter Kagwanja: Uhuru should now hew a post-presidency legacy

    Kenya’s fourth President has no intentions of exiting power soon

    President Uhuru Kenyatta
  18. Uhuru Cabinet endorses Laikipia’s Sh1.16bn infrastructure bond

    Laikipia government has lined up about 16 projects for financing.

    Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Murithi
  19. Why Uhuru could stay in office until May 2023

    Projections by constitutional experts point to possible protracted court process, election rerun and run-off.

  20. Crafty prisoner wins Uhuru's mercy at State House fete

    The Power of Mercy is a presidential pardon provided under Article 133 (1) of the Kenyan constitution.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta

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