President Uhuru Kenyatta Biography
Born October 26, 1961, Kenya’s fourth President, Mr.Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s ﬁrst President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He was named Uhuru in anticipation of independence in 1963.
Although his father was the President, Uhuru would spend time in the Gatundu home and it is only when he was seven in 1968 that he celebrated his birthday at State House; it was the only time that he did so.
Uhuru Kenyatta Education
Mr. Kenyatta attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi and played as a winger in the school’s rugby team. He attained a Division 1 in his “O” Level exams, with a distinction in English. In a rare photo taken at St Mary’s, he is pictured in school uniform receiving an award as the top“A” Level student in history from the then Vice-President and Minister for Finance, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, the man he was to succeed as President.
In school, besides playing rugby, Mr. Kenyatta‘s other passion was drama and in November 1977, he featured in the Comic Opera The Mikadoas father with a child.
However, while still at St Mary’s at the age of 17, the young Kenyatta lost his father on August 22, 1978. He completed his “A” Levels and passed with three principals.
He worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank’s Kipande House in Nairobi. He left the bank in 1980 for Amherst College, USA, to study Political Science and Economics. Mr. Kenyatta graduated in 1985. He lists football and golf as his hobbies and loves watching athletics on television.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s school days at St Mary’s School, Nairobi.
Uhuru Kenyatta joined Standard three in St Mary’s School, Nairobi, at the fairly young age of seven years. Under the education system at the time, one had to be between five and six years to join Standard One, but like other boys slated to join St Mary’s School, Uhuru completed his foundational classes of kindergarten and Standards One and Two, at Loreto Convent, Valley Road.
I can only posit, that since the boys would thereafter, have an unbroken 11-year stint at ‘Saints’ (the school’s nickname), without the company of girls, this was perhaps the Catholic orders way of orienting the boys with their sisters before separating them all the way from Standard Three to Form 6! As such ‘Saints’ did not itself have Standard One or Two until sometimes in the mid-1970s.
I will restrict myself to his time in secondary and high school, as that is when a person’s character is formed.
Anybody who knows anything about early Catholic education in Kenya would concur when I state that its hallmark was an unbending fidelity to discipline, character formation and academic competence.
The Kenyatta’s (Uhuru was later joined in Saints by his siblings Muhoho and Nyokabi) enjoyed no special privileges by virtue of being the President’s children.
Everybody arrived in school well before the commencement time of 7:45 am. We all attended morning assembly as well as services at St Austin’s Chapel in the school compound, morning assembly and queued up to the same lunch in the dining hall.
At the time, the teachers at Saints were mainly white and Catholic Fathers and Brothers. Coupled with the fact that tribalism was virtually unheard of back then, everything was premised on meritocracy.
A headmaster oversaw the primary section at Saints, with the principal in charge of the entire school. A priest, Father Ellis, nicknamed ‘Dragash’, was Uhuru’s first principal, but by the time Kenya’s fourth President graduated with his London GCE A-Levels in 1979, the principal was a rugby-playing priest known as Father Malone.
The Dean of students was Father Cox. Uhuru and his siblings were always brought to school in various classic Mercedes Benz cars, all with civilian plates chauffeured by either of their trusted drivers, Gitogo and Ng’ang’ a, large and genial men, whom I believe were also police officers.
There were certainly not accompanied to school by chase cars, nor were doors opened for them or their bags carried to class!
Once they were dropped off at whichever of the school’s parking lots they elected to use, they, in a manner of speaking ceased being President Jomo Kenyatta’s children and became part of the Saint’s fraternity.
Being on a plus 100-acre site, Saints was a fairly secure facility with a small population and efficient public services back then. The Kenyatta’s would not have required extra security and if they had requested it, the Catholic order in charge would probably have laughed it off.
Known for his frugal lifestyle, I suspect that had some thoughtless chap succeeded in say kidnapping Uhuru from school, old Jomo would have been unlikely to give in to their ransom demands and the kidnappers would probably have had to return him empty-handed.
I do not recall Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s First President, ever coming to Saints to check on his children’s academic progress, but Mama Ngina Kenyatta was a regular visitor to the principal’s office during the school’s prize-giving days.
Saints were truly international in its composition and during its best years resembled a mini-United Nations with students from all continents.
Two things bound us at Saints. One was our ground-floor tuck shop or school canteen, which was a kind of melting pot of all races and nationalities. Stuffed with quality confectionery, the hottest item of the day was always hotdogs and Coca-Cola. Going like for a shilling each at the time. Uhuru was a common feature at the tuck shop during break and after formal lunch in the dining hall.
I recall Frank “fat Frankie” Gachago, Muhoho’s classmate, once calling out to Uhuru saying, to him; “Hey give me bite.” Uhuru obliged, while Frankie waited patiently in the long queue to buy his own.
This kind of banter built camaraderie among the Saints students and was certainly not an indication of lack. However, even when sharing, you never let go of your whole hotdog, but held it in such a manner that the person you were sharing it with an only bit off the size you allowed him to!
I include this part, to show, that in school, Uhuru was as down to earth and easy-going as they come.
However, such banter was limited to your class or year mate, or senior to junior students, never downwards as that would be considered a form of indiscipline and intimidation.
Uhuru Kenyatta loved sport
Uhuru was a nimble-footed rugby player, blindside winger, initially on the Senior Colts team and later at least the schools 2nd XV. He put in the hard training sessions required to make the cut, and his speed was always his escape route from both danger and towards the try line.
With his long strides, Uhuru had a decent rugby brain and he certainly enjoyed the rough and tumble of the school’s beloved sport.
Uhuru and his good friend Jimmy Kibaki both espied their future brides while at St. Marys School. Both First Lady Margaret Kenyatta née Gaul and Sheryl Kibaki née Vienna were students at Msongari. Margaret is of Kenyan and German extraction, while Sheryl is of Goan extraction.
Margaret is the youngest of four siblings, with their first-born Maina, tight as a fist with Uhuru!
Of the three Kenyattas that I knew at Saints, Uhuru was the most easy-going of the lot. Those who were and have remained close to him (I wasn’t) state that he is very loyal to old friends, hence, perhaps, his presence in Machakos for the burial of our former Head Boy Martin Malinda, and that of John Ngumba’s wife last week.
Ian Duncan, Jimmy, Frank and Sam Gachago, together with late Steve Kanyotu and Keiron Thorpe (also deceased), were some of the alumni, whom I got the impression, Uhuru enjoyed their company and fun times together, back in the day.
Saints students were allowed to drive and park their personal cars in School, once they reached upper 6th. Uhuru was no exception, and his choice of car was a classic cream Mercedes 190, with the plates KWT 185.
Like all educational institutions, there were traditions by which you could identify a Saint, with finesse and good command of the English language being just two of them. Any time we watched Uhuru on TV during the course of the presidential campaigns we would say to ourselves: “Listen to that Saints English!”
Uhuru Kenyatta Politics
On July 31, 1990, during the clamor for political pluralism, Mr. Kenyatta joined some four young Kenyans in their late 20s and made a case for Kanu to open up the political space, thereby joining a growing chorus against the ruling party’s lethargy towards pluralism.
Besides Mr. Kenyatta, the others included Mr. Alfred Getonga (son to pioneer Nairobi Town Clerk), Mr. Argwings Ceaser Kodhek (son of one of Kenya’s ﬁrst African lawyers and minister in Mzee Kenyatta’s Cabinet, the late Argwings Kodhek), Mr. Peter Mboya (son of trade unionist and minister, the late Tom Mboya) and Mr. Francis Michuki (son of the late minister John Michuki).
The group told the George Saitoti-led Kanu Electoral Review Committee that Kenyans were demanding expanded political space. During the ﬁrst multi-party elections in 1992, Mr. Kenyatta backed Kenneth Matiba’s Ford Asili, although he did not run for a parliamentary seat.
Two years later, Mr. Kenyatta would make a decision to concentrate on politics and sold his company, William Kenya Ltd in 1994, which he had started shortly after leaving Amherst University. The ﬁrm used to pick up horticultural products for export.
It was through what was known as Gatundu Professionals Group, whose then membership included Permanent Secretary Wamatu Njoroge and Mr. David Kigochi, then a senior ofﬁcer at the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife that Mr.Kenyatta would enter into the mainstream Gatundu politics ahead of the 1997 General Election.
Mr. Kenyatta chose to remain in Kanu when most leading politicians in Central Province had decamped to the Opposition. By 1997 he had built enough grassroots’ support and a smaller Gatundu South Constituency had been carved from the larger Gatundu constituency. But he lost his quest for the seat to Mr. Moses Muihia. In 1999, President Moi appointed Mr. Kenyatta the chairman of Kenya Tourism Board. A year later, he was nominated to the Kenya Parliament after the exit of Mark Too.
Mr. Kenyatta was subsequently appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Local Government. In March 2001, he entered the national political scene when he was elected as one of the four national vice-chairmen of Kanu.
With several Kanu leaders eyeing the presidential seat after President Moi’s last term, Mr. Kenyatta emerged as his choice, sparking an exodus from Kanu that saw Mr. Raila Odinga, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka and former Internal Security Minister George Saitoti decamp to the Liberal Democratic Party and later onto National Rainbow Coalition (Narc).
In the presidential election held on December 27, 2002, Mr. Kenyatta was defeated by opposition leader Mwai Kibaki, taking only 31 percent of the vote against Mr. Kibaki’s 62 percent. This marked the end of Kanu’s uninterrupted 39-year rule since independence.
The acceptance of defeat by Mr. Kenyatta endeared him to many Kenyans. Mr. Kenyatta subsequently became the leader of the Official. The opposition, taking his duties seriously on the floor of the House.
As the clamor for a new Constitution continued, Mr. Kenyatta led his party, Kanu, in campaigns against the draft constitution in 2005, has teamed up with the Liberal Democratic Movement (LDP) wing of Narc. The latter had rebelled against President Kibaki over a memorandum of understanding that was allegedly never fulﬁlled after the Narc victory.
On September 13, 2007, Mr. Kenyatta withdrew from December 2007, the presidential election and said that he would back President Kibaki for re-election. He said that he did not want to run unless he could be sure of winning. He won his Gatundu South seat and was reappointed to the Ministry of Local Government in January 2008.
Mr. Kenyatta was later named the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade when the Grand Coalition Government was formed after the Koﬁ Annan-led talks ended the post-election violence and row over the disputed 2007 presidential election. He was later appointed Finance Minister in 2009 but resigned in January 2012.
In his ﬁrst budget, Mr. Kenyatta released Kshs 105 million to every constituency to ﬁnance infrastructure development, boost education and health care and revive other projects at the grassroots on what was dubbed economic stimulus package, an intensive, high-impact programme that aims to stimulate economic activity, create employment opportunities, encourage innovation in wealth-creation, spur entrepreneurship and support the building blocks that anchor a healthy, educated and innovative populace
In another radical measure, Mr. Kenyatta limited the number and engine capacity of official vehicles Cabinet ministers were entitled to. Ministers were ordered to use cars that did not exceed 1,800 ccs. He led from the front by driving in a VW Passat compared to the largely preferred Mercedes Benz models.
It was during his tenure at the Treasury that the country crossed the Kshs1 trillion borrowing threshold and budgetary allocations of various ministries were scrutinized by parliamentary committees in accordance with the new Constitution.
Other reforms that saw a change in how the Treasury and the Government transacted business that was effected under Mr. Kenyatta‘s tenure at the Treasury include the reintroduction of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) to curb fraud and other malpractices that stemmed from inefficiency and radically improve public expenditure management; launch of the Fund for the Inclusion of Informal Sector (FIIS), which allowed micro and small entrepreneurs (MSE) to access credit facilities, expand their businesses and increase their savings and write-off of KshS 3.7 billion coffee debts.
Mr. Kenyatta runs for March 4, 2013. Presidential race on The National Alliance (TNA) ticket under the Jubilee Alliance who’s another main partner was the United Republican Party of Deputy President William Ruto. Others in the Jubilee coalition were Charity Ngilu, Joseph Nyaga and Najib Balala‘
He served as Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister in the last term of the Mwai Kibaki government (2008-2015).
Uhuru Kenyatta Wealth
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and heir to some of the largest landholdings in Kenya.
He owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank-funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices.
Uhuru Kenyatta family also own Brookside Dairies, Kenya’s largest dairy company, as well as stakes in popular television station K24 and a commercial bank in Nairobi, among other interests. – Adapted from Forbes
Uhuru Kenyatta Wife
Mr. Kenyatta married his best friend Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo, a daughter of the former Kenya Railways general manager, Dr. E.N. Gakuo, in 1991.
Uhuru Kenyatta Children – Uhuru Kenyatta Daughter and Sons
Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret Kenyatta have three children: Jomo, Ngina and Muhoho.
Uhuru Kenyatta Son Jomo – Jomo Kenyatta Uhuru Kenyatta
Born – Unknown
Married – Yes
Jomo is the first son of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Jomo Kenyatta married his long-time girlfriend in a cultural Kikuyu wedding.
Jomo attended Hilton College and Michael House in KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa. In 2011, he worked as an intern at Johari Cleff Studios. He married Fion Achola Ngobi in an elegant all-white ceremony held at State House. The wedding was held at Statehouse Nairobi. The couple held their traditional dowry and wedding ceremony in 2016. In November 2017, the two couple welcomed their first child at Agha Khan Hospital, baby Wanjiru, who was named after the first lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Jaba Kenyatta – Muhoho Kenyatta
Born – Unknown
Muhoho Kenyatta ( Jaba Kenyatta) is Uhuru Kenyatta’s second son.
Married – Unmarried
Not much is known about Jaba.
Uhuru Kenyatta Daughter
Born – Unknown
Married – Unmarried
Not much is known about Ngina.
Ngina is one of the most humble president’s daughters Kenya has had. She is named after his grandmother, Mama Ngina. Ngina is the last born daughter of president Uhuru Kenyatta. She is 27 years old. turning 28 years on June 2019.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Profile and Timeline
President Uhuru Kenyatta – Fourth President of Kenya
October 26, 1961: Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is born. He is named Uhuru, in anticipation for Kenya’s upcoming independence
Uhuru Kenyatta attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi. He played as a Winger for St. Mary’s Nairobi Rugby Team
1978: Uhuru loses his father, and Kenya’s first president; Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who died aged 89.
1979 – 1980 Uhuru Kenyatta worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank, Kipande House Branch.
Uhuru Kenyatta joined Amherst College USA. to study Political Science and Economics.
1989: Uhuru Kenyatta starts his first company, Witham Kenya Limited, where he used to personally pick up and transport horticulture for export on his pick up truck.
1991: Uhuru Kenyatta marries his sweetheart and best friend Margaret.
1992: Uhuru Kenyatta campaigns for Kenneth Matiba
1994: Uhuru Kenyatta sold Wiham Kenya Limited.
1997: Uhuru Kenyatta runs for the Parliamentary seat for Gatundu South, But looses to Moses Muhia.
1999: Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed the new chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board by President Moi
2001: Uhuru Kenyatta is Nominated to Parliament by President Moi
2001 Uhuru Kenyatta is appointed a minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi
2002: Uhuru Kenyatta contested for the presidency on a KANU ticket, but lost to NARC’s Mwai Kibaki and opted to take his seat as official Opposition Leader.
January 2005: Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Nicholas Biwott for the chairmanship of KANU, taking 2,980 votes among party delegates against Biwott’s 622.
2005: Uhuru Kenyatta led his party KANU in campaigns against the draft constitution in the 2005 constitutional referendum.
September 13, 2007: Uhuru Kenyatta withdrew from the December 2007 presidential election and said that he would back Kibaki for re-election. He said that he did not want to run unless he could be sure of winning.
December 2007: Uhuru Kenyatta backed Kibaki for re-election in the presidential election.
January 2008: Uhuru Kenyatta was named Minister of Local Government by president Mwai Kibaki.
13 April 2008: Uhuru Kenyatta was named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade as part of the Grand Coalition Cabinet.
December 15, 2010: Uhuru Kenyatta was named as a suspect of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court prosecutor Moreno Ocampo, for planning and funding violence in Naivasha and Nakuru
9 March 2013: Uhuru Kenyatta wins the presidential election and becomes the fourth president of Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta Quotes
- “Hands off, eyes off, feet off, everything off” — In regards to Kibaki’s governance approach and ideology. Uhuru was then the official leader of the opposition.
- “Does it mean that this country cannot do anything unless Raila said so.” — He angrily uttered these words after president Kibaki withdrew the names of judicial appointments he made after Raila claimed he was not consulted.
- “In all these areas, the late minister has exercised a total commitment to serving his fellow human beings.” — in relation to Michuki’s death.
“This is a setback not only to the media but to the gains made by ordinary Kenyans. This is draconian, it is as if we have returned to the middle ages.”
- “The evidence we got is credible. We were shocked.”
- “Despite the fact that we are dealing with an issue that is top on the minds of Kenyans, we have done our best to abide by the rules especially on the content.”
- “What the judges have said is that there will be no prejudice on the accused if the trial chamber is constituted even before the appeals chamber rules on whether the ICC can try these cases or not.”
- “This does not mean the trial will start because once the trial chamber is constituted, both Ocampo and the defense can apply to the trial chamber not to start its work until the appeals chamber rules on jurisdiction.”
Uhuru Kenyatta Contacts
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Uhuru Kenyatta Height
Uhuru Kenyatta is around 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) tall
Uhuru Kenyatta Signature
Video – Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta: The Journey to Jubilee
50 little known facts about President Uhuru Kenyatta
- He was conceived in Samburu
- He was born in Nairobi
- He is left-handed
- He worked for KCB at Kipande House
- He earned 600/- while working for KCB
- History was his favorite subject in High School
- Played on the wing for St Mary’s School rugby team
- He was the First Politician to concede defeat at the Presidential Level
- His favorite film is Shaka Zulu
- His favorite musicians are Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, and UB40
- He has 3 kids
- He is a practicing Catholic
- He wears specs while reading
- His favorite food is Nyama Choma
- His favorite authors are Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn
- His favorite TV SHOW’s are 24 and Spooks
- The first car he owned was an Alfa Romeo
- He used to personally collect horticulture for export in his pick-up
- He joined politics in 1989
- He campaigned for Matiba in 1992
- He first met his wife in 1978 in Mombasa
- His father passed away while he was in form four
- He has slept in St House, but it was never his home
- His father had 4 boys and 4 girls
- He worked at Burger King while in the US
- He fronted an Afro while in Uni
- His favorite beer is Tusker
- His favorite gadget is an iPhone
- If he could hang out with a band it would be UB40
- He favorite computer game is Tiger Woods Golf PGA Tour
- His favorite cartoon is The Flintstones
- His favorite comic is Archie
- His favorite color is Blue
- His favorite board game is backgammon
- The Kenya Economic Stimulus program was first launched under his leadership at the Treasury.
- The project that he has initiated that he would most like to see succeed is IFMIS
- He is the first Finance Minister to create a loan facility for the JuaKali sector.
- If he could be any animal he would be a cheetah
- His pets are both a Great Dane and Chihuahua
- He has retained his first driver and secretary to date
- His favorite Ministry that he has worked in is Trade
- He lost the first parliamentary election.
- He intends to retire at 60.
- He proposed to his wife in Karen, Nairobi
- He was suspended from school?
- His best friend is his wife Margaret
- Favorite Bible verses are Psalms 23 and 137
- The world leader he would most like to meet is Fidel Castro
- The most influential person he has met to date is Nelson Mandela
- His greatest wish is to serve the people of Kenya
Interesting Similarities Between Barack Obama And Uhuru Kenyatta
1. Both Presidents were born in 1961
2. Both First Ladies were born in 1964
3. Both President Uhuru and Obama are left-handed
4. Both don’t have Christian names.
5. Both are said to be smokers
6. Both men’s fathers had four wives each.
7. Both Uhuru and Obama have relatives in almost every continent.
8. 2 Pointies *Coloreds* (Obama & Maggie) 2 black Uhuru & Michelle)
9. Both men have the same height
10. Obama is the 44th president of the US while Uhuru is the 4th President of Kenya
11. Both First Ladies’ names begin with an ”M”.
“Growing up in the Kenyatta household taught us many things. My father taught us to treat everyone fairly. He taught us the essence of justice and fairness, he told us to learn from history but not to live in history.”
Uhuru Kenyatta Photos
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