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. Uhuru ministers walk away with Sh20m in farewell pay

    Principal Secretaries will also earn near similar amounts for those who have served since 2013.

    Cabinet Secretaries
  2. Monica Juma third time lucky as Ruto rewards her with top job

    She served in the governments of Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta and now Willim Ruto.

    Monica Juma
  3. Kinoti, the battle-hardened detective who ended Flying Squad

    Mr Kinoti made a name as the head of the now-defunct Kanga Squad that had been formed to tackle rising crime during Kibaki era.

    George Kinoti
  4. Prof Kindiki makes history as first CS from Tharaka Nithi County

    Prof Kindiki was running for governorship in Tharaka Nithi County until February.

    Prof Kithure Kindiki
  5. President Ruto sets condition for offering Raila a role

    He also says it's difficult to accept Uhuru did not reciprocate his support in 2013 and 2017.

    Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga (left) and his Kenya Kwanza counterpart William Ruto
  6. Matiang'i, Munya, Mucheru attend Ruto Cabinet meeting

    The meeting was attended by all the outgoing Cabinet Secretaries.

  7. Gachagua urged to emulate Uhuru in fight against killer brews

    Mr Kenyatta said that nobody had a licence to kill other Kenyans.

    Illicit brews nabbed
  8. Kikuyu elders vow to help unite the country after divisive polls

    On Friday, the council's national patron, retired Captain Kung’u Muigai, convened a prayer event at the Kikuyu prayer shrine.

    Kikuyu council elders
  9. In Mukuru, Uhuru’s pet project now hangs in balance

    There is now a dust nuisance as vehicles and motorbikes zoom past.

    Mukuru Demolition
  10. Yatani rejects claims Treasury is broke

    He said claims that government was broke are 'misinformed and were made out of ignorance.'

  11. Bring back my son, mother cries out to Ruto and Gachagua

    Mwenda Mbijiwe, a security consultant, went missing on June 12, 2021.

  12. Marsabit residents reject UDA, Jubilee nominees for MCA

    Locals appeal to President William Ruto to ensure fairness in nominations across the country.

    UDA headquarters
  13. Football stakeholders want Kinoru Stadium re-opened for use

    Waithaka had indicated that former President Uhuru Kenyatta would re-open the facility mid-June.

    Kinoru Stadium
  14. Where did the money go? How Uhuru regime spent Sh55b in last days of administration

    The National Treasury now expects the National Assembly to regularise the expenditure post facto.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta Madaraka Day
  15. Elias Makori: Four presidents later, Kipchoge seeks Berlin encore

    Kipchoge’s longevity, focus and determination are legendary.

    Eliud Kipchoge
  16. UhuRuto spent Sh579 million on travel three months to polls

    The increased travel spending came amid an austerity plan to free up cash for development and essential services such as health and education.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto
  17. Be fast, activists tell KPA on return of port services to Mombasa

    The activists say they are yet to see the results of President Ruto's directive.

    Mombasa port
  18. Gachagua: I don't regret telling off Uhuru in front of dignitaries

    Mr Gachagua dismissed claims that he attacked Mr Kenyatta out of personal vendetta.

    Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua.
  19. Uhuru ate his words during Ruto inauguration

    This was seen as Uhuru handed over the ceremonial sword to the new Head of State William Ruto.

    William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta.
  20. After bruising defeat, Raila re-emerges to face political foes

    Raila's initial silence had left some thinking he was ready to hang up his political boots.

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