Profile: Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta ( born 26 October 1961) is the 4th and current President of Kenya, in office since 2013.He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, and his fourth wife Ngina Kenyatta.

Uhuru Kenyatta was elected president of Kenya under The National Alliance (TNA), which was part of the Jubilee Alliance with his running mate William Ruto‘s United Republican Party (URP). Uhuru and Ruto won 50.07% of votes cast, with closest rivals, Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy garnering 42%.

Raila disputed the election results at the Supreme Court which however held (7–0) that the election of Uhuru was valid and such irregularities as existed did not make a difference to the final outcome .Uhuru Kenyatta was therefore sworn in as President on 9 April 2013

Uhuru is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s founding father and first president (1964–1978). His family hails from the Kikuyu, a Bantu ethnic group. His given name “Uhuru” is from theSwahili term for “freedom”, and was given to him in anticipation of Kenya’s upcoming independence. Uhuru attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi. Between 1979 and 1980, he also briefly worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank.

After St. Mary’s, Uhuru went on to study economics, political science and government at theAmherst College in the United States. Upon his graduation, Uhuru returned to Kenya, and started a company Wilham Kenya Limited, through which he sourced and exported agricultural produce.

Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under PresidentDaniel Arap Moi and, despite his political inexperience, was favoured by President Moi as his successor; Kenyatta ran as KANU’s candidate in the December 2002 presidential election, but lost to opposition candidate Mwai Kibaki by a big margin.

\He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. He backed Kibaki for re-election in the December 2007 presidential election and was named Minister of Local Government by Kibaki in January 2008, before becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade in April 2008 as part of a coalition government.

Subsequently Kenyatta was Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2012, while remaining Deputy Prime Minister. Accused by theInternational Criminal Court (ICC) of committing crimes against humanity in relation to the violent aftermath of the 2007 election, he resigned as Minister of Finance on 26 January 2012. He was elected as President of Kenya in the March 2013 presidential election, defeating Raila Odinga with a narrow majority in a single round of voting.

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