Uhuru Kenyatta: Life and History

ByBizhack Editorial

Jan 9, 2023
Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta is Kenya’s fourth and current president, and the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta. He was born on October 26, 1961, in the capital city of Nairobi. Uhuru is the leader of the party known as the Jubilee Party of Kenya, which he founded in 2002.

Uhuru’s father, Jomo Kenyatta, was the leader of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party, and was an instrumental figure in the struggle for Kenya’s independence from British colonial rule.

As a result, Uhuru was raised in a politically active family, and he was educated at the prestigious St. Mary’s School in Nairobi. After graduating from high school, he went on to study economics at Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA.

Uhuru returned to Kenya in 1983, after completing his studies, and soon became involved in Kenyan politics. In 1988 he was appointed as the chairman of the KANU party, and during this time he was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the President in the Office of the President.

In 2002 Uhuru joined forces with the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to form the Rainbow Coalition, which was a coalition of political parties formed to oppose the ruling party. The Rainbow Coalition went on to win the 2002 presidential election, and Uhuru was appointed as the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

In 2013, Uhuru became the President of Kenya after winning the presidential election with 50.1 percent of the vote. During his presidency, Uhuru has focused on tackling corruption in Kenya, improving infrastructure, and creating jobs. He has also been a strong advocate for women’s rights, and for the protection of the environment.

Uhuru is married to Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, who is the daughter of former Vice President George Saitoti. The couple has three children, Jomo Kenyatta III, Ngina Kenyatta, and Jaba Kenyatta. Uhuru is also a grandfather, having recently welcomed his first grandchild.

Uhuru and his family are highly respected in Kenya, and his presidency has been a source of inspiration to many Kenyans. He is seen as a symbol of Kenyan pride, and his work in office has been praised by both domestic and foreign leaders.