Kenya’s 4th President,Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was born on October 26th 1961 and he has been in the Power since March 2013.He is the son of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta who was the 4th wife of the Kenya’s first President.
He lived in their home in Gatundu although his father was the President by then.
Uhuru Kenyatta comes from the Kikuyu tribe,which is currently Kenya’s largest ethnic group.His father,Mzee Jomo,gave him the name “Uhuru”,which means “freedom” in anticipation to Kenya’s independence from British colonialism in 1963.
Education background of Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta went through the prestigious St Mary’s School in his Primary and secondary school studies and it was never a smooth ride especially being the President’s son.
He was a very bright student in school and even got exceptional grades especially in History,Government and Civics subject,which explains his interest in politics and government issues.
He managed to attain the highly coveted 1st Division in his “O” Level exams, with a distinction in History. In a rare photo above,taken at St Mary back in the days,Uhuru Kenyatta is pictured in school attire receiving an award for his outstanding performance as the top student in History in “A” Level from Mwai Kibaki who was then the Vice President and Minister for Finance.
Other than books,Uhuru Kenyatta had a passion for certain co-curricular activities other passion which included,rugby and drama.He even featured in the Comic soap Opera,“The Mikado” in November, 1977 while still in high school.
After completing his “A” level education,Uhuru Kenyatta proceeded to undertake a course in economics,political science and government,between 1979-1980 at the Amherst College in the United States of America.
While in college,he briefly worked at the Kenya Commercial Bank in Nairobi as a teller during holidays despite coming from a well-off family.
He later on graduated from Amherst College in the year 1985
Political Life Of Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta’s initial entry into Kenya’s political arena came by in the early 1990’s a time when Multi-Party revolution had hit the road.
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was still in a tender age politically but this did not deter him from joining the rapidly growing political revolution.
He teamed up with friends,who most were in the late 20s,to make a political statement for KANU.
Kenyatta’s allies included,Alfred Getonga(Nairobi Town Clerk Pioneer),Argwings Ceaser Kodhek (son of the late minister in Mzee Kenyatta’s administration,Argwings Kodhek),Francis Michuki (son of the late transport minister,John Njoroge Michuki) and Peter Mboya (son of late trade unionist and minister,Tom Mboya).
Through persistence they later won the battle for multiparty democracy and in 1992 KANU bowed to political pressure and began reviewing Kenya’s electoral system.The single party amendment bill that had maintained a single party system was revoked, returning Kenya to multi-party elections.
His political career started when held the position of chairman of his hometown Gatundu in a KANU ticket.This was a tactical move by the then President,Daniel Moi as a means of nurturing his political career.
He later contested for the Gatundu South Constituency parliamentary seat in the 1997 general election on a KANU ticket only to lose to Moses Mwihia,a renown Nairobi Architect.
Kenyatta was appointed as the chair of Kenya Tourism Board in 1999 by retired President,Daniel Moi.In 2001,he entered Kenya Parliament as a nominated Member of Parliament(MP) and subsequently Minister for Local Government.
Later on in the year 2001,he was elected as one of the four national vice-chair of KANU.
In 2002,he contested for the Presidential seat following an endorsement from Moi on KANU’s ticket.
Kenyatta finished as the first runners up,gunning 31% of the total votes.Having conceded defeat to Mwai Kibaki,he held the official position of Opposition leader from that year,2002 till 2007.
In January 2005, KANU chairmanship elections were held and surprisingly,Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Political veteran,Nicolas Biwott,gaining 2,980 of the total votes among party delegates against Biwott’s 622 votes.
In 2005,Uhuru Kenyatta,together with Raila Odinga,led the Campaigns against the draft constitution.
Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga teamed up to form the Orange Democratic Movement which was an acronym for the “No’ movement. The result of this was a vote against the adoption the draft constitution by a noticeable margin.
In November 2006,Uhuru Kenyatta lost his KANU chairmanship to Nicolas Biwott and on December 28th 2006,Uhuru Kenyatta’s chairmanship was reinstated by the High Court under controversial circumstances. Following further rigorous court proceedings,the High Court affirmed Uhuru Kenyatta as KANU party leader on 20th June 2007,dismissing Biwott’s argument that Uhuru Kenyatta had joined another political party.
In 2007 Kenya General Election,he withdrew his bid to run for the Presidential seat but instead endorsed Mwai Kibaki for the second Presidential term.To that effect,teamed up with the then President Mwai Kibaki to form Party of National Alliance(PNU) to run for re-election against Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement(ODM).
Mwai Kibaki won under controversial circumstances with Raila Odinga’s claims of rigging taking center stage.
The rigging claims took a toll on most Raila Odinga’s die-hard supporters resulting to the infamous 2007-2008 post-election violence.
Following a peaceful agreement between the two parties to end the violence,Raila Odinga sworn in as Prime Minister and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister For Finance.