Profile of Kenya’s new president

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was elected Kenya’s new president after beating his rival Raila Amollo Odinga in a hotly contested election.

Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s founding President, Jomo Kenyatta, and also said to be heir to one of the country’s largest fortunes.

Kenyatta had won 50.03 percent of the vote to become the country’s new leader 50 years after his independence hero father, Kenya’s founding president.

He was formerly the deputy Prime Minister of Kenya, Member of Parliament for Gatundu South Constituency and Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU), which was a part of the Party of National Unity (PNU).

The 51-year-old outgoing deputy prime minister garnered 6.173 million votes out of a total of 12.338 million votes, effectively achieving slightly more than the required 50 percent plus one threshold after the Monday vote.

Born: October 26, 1961 (age 51), Nairobi

Spouse: Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo (married 1991)

Children: Jaba Kenyatta, Jomo Kenyatta

Education: Amherst College (1985 – 1989), St. Mary’s School, Nairobi (1979). From there he went on to study political science at Amherst College in the United States.

1978: Uhuru loses his father, and Kenya’s firrst 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, Wiham 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 Margaret.

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 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 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.

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 forth president of Kenya

On 15 December 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. This was in relation to the violence that followed the bungled national elections in Kenya of December 2007. He has been accused of organizing a Kikuyu politico-religious group, the Mungiki, in the post-election violence. Uhuru maintains his innocence and wants his name cleared. On 8 March 2011, he was indicted after being summoned to appear before the ICC pre-trial chamber.

The International Criminal Court has postponed his trials to July 09, 2013.

  1. Zara Reply

    Congratulations and wishing H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta God’s guidance and success. It shall be well for him, his family and the nation.

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