Uhuru Kenyatta Muigai was born in October 1961. Presently, he is the current president of Kenya having won the general election that was conducted in March 2013. Uhuru is the son of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. Previously, he served in different positions in the government before becoming president in 2013.
The Following are 10 Lesser Known About Uhuru Kenyatta:
1. His name stands for freedom
The name Uhuru in Kiswahili stands for freedom. This is a name that was given by his father at a time when the Kenyan people were under the rule of the British. This is the time when freedom was desperately needed hence the name Uhuru. To date, numerous institutions and infrastructures have been named Uhuru.
2. Uhuru has worked as a teller
Just like any other presidents, Uhuru Kenyatta’s early life saw him occupy different positions before officially joining politics. Uhuru worked for Kenya Commercial bank as a teller from 1979 to 1980.
3. He was former president Moi’s preferred successor
Former president Daniel Arap Moi always had a soft spot for Uhuru. He nominated him as an MP in 2001, and later appointed him as the minister for local government. This was seen as a favor from the president because Uhuru was politically inexperienced at that time. In the 2002 presidential elections, Moi decided to choose Uhuru as his successor but he lost to Mwai Kibaki in the presidential election.
4. Uhuru was part of the ODM
As a leader of KANU, Uhuru Kenyatta made a strong opposition against the draft constitution that was to be denied in 2005. This was the first time that he teamed up with Raila Odinga to oppose the constitution. Their unity led to the birth of the Orange Democratic Movement.
5. Uhuru is among the top 40 riches Africans
Uhuru Kenyatta has a lot of inheritance from his father. His father had a lot of wealth given the fact that he was the first president of the republic of Kenya. According to statistics released in 2011, Uhuru ranks among the top 40 richest individuals in Africa. His family owns massive acres of land in Kenya together with myriads of businesses.
6. Uhuru is an ICC suspect
Despite being the incumbent president of Kenya, Uhuru is a suspect at the international criminal court and he is currently on trial. After the disputed 2007 election, Uhuru is believed to have organised retaliatory attacks against the Luo and Luhya communities that lived in Naivasha and Nakuru. Even though there has been no direct evidence to link him to the killings, The ICC strongly believes that he masterminded the killings with heavy backing from senior government officials from the Kikuyu community. On December 15th, he was named among the 6 prime suspects by prosecutor Moreno Ocampo.
7. Remarkable school life
Kenyatta attended St Mary’s school that is located in Nairobi. It was one of the most prestigious schools of that time. Uhuru later attended the Amherest College in USA. He graduated and returned to Kenya to manage the family business empire.
8. Minister for finance
Apart from being the minister for local government two times, Uhuru has also served as the finance minister in the republic of Kenya. This was seen as a rewarding move by president Kibaki after Uhuru stepped down in his favor in the run to the 2007 presidential elections. During his reign as the finance minister, he brought a lot of significant changes in the ministry.
9. He lost a nephew in the Westgate mall attack
President Uhuru was among the Kenyans who lost their loved ones in the Westgate mall attack. His nephew, Mwangi Mbugua was shot together with his fiancé Rosemary Wahito and they both died. This was one of the darkest yet difficult times for the Uhuru government that was still new in office.
10. A family man
President Uhuru Kenyatta is a family man. He is married to his long time sweetheart Margaret Kenyatta. They have three children namely; Jaba, Jomo and Ngina Kenyatta. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rise to the presidency could not have come at a better time when his political career was almost being swallowed by the ICC. Nonetheless, despite all the controversies and accusations, he is still a great leader and one who is adored by many young Kenyans. He is now the youngest president the republic of Kenya has ever had.