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Uhuru Kenyatta Biography, News and Facts
He is the son of Kenya’s founding father, Jomo Kenyatta. he is the leader of the former, now disintegrating, ruling party Jubilee However, even though political Life never crossed his mind, he lived in his father’s shadow. Having landed the top job on the island, his achievements are greatly admired.
Former President Education
He was a scholar at St Mary’s where he was the captain of the rugby team.
He later joined Amherst college where he pursued a bachelor’s in economics and political science.
On returning to Kenya, he ventured into horticultural farming, he also had a short stint as a bank teller in Kenya’s commercial bank.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handouts
Due to controversies surrounding his official social media accounts, he decided to take a break.
Uhuru Kenyatta Profile
Uhuru was born in Gatundu and raised in both Gatundu and Nairobi areas. son of the late First Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta and Ngina Kenyatta, who was Jomo's’ fourth wife. His fame began when he was elected the 4th President of Kenya and after he proposed robust development agendas and policies.
Uhuru's history can be traced back to his father's incarceration by the colonial government. Kenyatta was born on October 26, 1961.
Uhuru Kenyatta Political life
In 1997, he was elected as the KANU party’s Gatundu Branch Chairman. The late President Moi paved the way for his entry into politics. Uhuru ran for the Gatundu parliamentary seat the same year but lost to Nairobi-based architect Moses Mwihia.
In 1999, the late Moi appointed him as the Kenya Tourism Board chairman. He was elected to the parliament two years later. The late Moi-led government appointed him as Minister for Local Government.
In 2002, KANU nominated him to vie for the presidency and Kenyatta contested for the presidential seat. However, he lost to the opposition candidate, the late Mwai Kibaki. Though he retained the Gatundu South parliamentary seat. Subsequently, he earned the national vice chair of the KANU party and became the leader of the opposition.
In 2008, Uhuru was transferred to the Ministry of Trade.
From 2009 to 2012, he was further appointed Minister of Finance.
Following the 2007/2008 post-election violence, which led to the deaths of more than 1000 Kenyans. Uhuru and the other five suspects were summoned to the Hague to answer charges of being indirect co-perpetrators.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigated the possible violation of human rights. Being an ICC suspect, Uhuru’s presidential bid in 2012 was declared in jeopardy. The ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno blocked his path to the house on the hill.
Civil society and Western diplomats pressed him to abandon his bid and become Kenya's fourth president. The tough politician proceeded to rally his supporters. He, in turn, cast his vote for the Jubilee Alliance. Currently, he is one of the youngest presidents in Kenya’s history.
In the August 2017 general elections, Kenyatta was re-elected for the second and final term. gaining 54% of the popular vote. Wafula Chebukati, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), formally declared his victory.
However, it was challenged by his main competitor, Raila Odinga, in the Supreme Court of Kenya.
On September 1, 2017, the election was declared null and void. The court ordered a new presidential election to take place within 60 days of the ruling.
On October 26, a new presidential election was held, and Uhuru was elected with 39.03 percent of the electoral vote.
Uhuru Kenyatta siblings
His father was polygamous with four wives-Grace Wahu, Edna Clarke, Grace Wanjiku, and Mama Ngina.
Uhuru’s mother, Mama Ngina, gave birth to four kids: Christine Wambui, Uhuru Muigai, Ann Nyokabi, and Muhoho Kenyatta.
Grace Wahu gave birth to two siblings: Peter Muigai and Margaret Kenyatta.
Grace Wanjiku, daughter of the late Senior Chief Koinange and sister to Mbiyu Koinange, had only two daughters, Jane Makena Wambui, and Nana Gecaga, Uhuru’s private secretary. She later passed on after delivery.
Edna Clerke gave birth to only one son, Peter Magana Kenyatta.
Former President Uhuru Wife
Uhuru has been married to Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta since 1991. They are, however, blessed with three children.
Former President Uhuru’s children
Uhuru is a proud father of three children.
Jomo Kenyatta is the eldest son. Ngina Kenyatta is the only known daughter. The last-born son is Jaba Muhuhu Kenyatta.
The eldest son, Jomo, recently married Fiona Achola, and they are blessed with a daughter named Baby Wanjiru.
Ngina Kenyatta is the director of the Kenyatta Trust Team Foundation, a charity organization that funds education for needy students in Kenya.
Kenyatta and Raila Odinga
The nasty political conflicts that President Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga have engaged in can only be compared to their families' ideological dispute from the 1960s. Kenyans have begun to associate their disagreement with unresolved dynastic pasts as a result of how toxic their relationship is.
Raila's father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, treasured socialist ideals with a soviet lean. The founding father embraced democracy and capitalism as products of Western influences. The cold war was brought to an end by the divisions that quickly expanded to their tribal relatives.
His trouble journey began when Moi chose him to run for the position of the country’s top leader in 2002. Raila renounced the union and moved to establish the National Rainbow Coalition. This action prevented Uhuru from winning, and Mwai Kibaki easily won and become the third president of Kenya.
After the ruling coalition collapsed, Raila joined Uhuru in a new political organization known as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). With their newly formed alliance, they easily won the 2006 vote intended to enact a new constitution.
Uhuru's first term was welcomed by countercharges and name-calling, with each side using its best strategies to expose the other in a witch-hunt and engage in political blackmail.
After the Supreme Court judges declared the presidential elections invalid and commanded a new election to be held within 60 days Raila Odinga emerged as the.
On March 9, the Kenyan people were treated to the news that Uhuru would meet Raila in the Harambee House. This was after he fell out with his deputy president, now the current president William Ruto.
The encounter is now referred to as the "handshake." A statement made by the two concluded the mysterious Uhuru-Raila unity pact.
Kenyatta is the immediate former president and now is currently the Chairman of the Azimio coalition, being the leader of the popular, former ruling party Jubilee. The current president also retained his appointment in the position of heading peace convoys in DRC Congo.