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Uhuru Kenyatta Edit Profile

also known as Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

Deputy Prime Minister , Government official , politician

Uhuru Kenyatta is a Kenyan government official, who now serves as Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya.

He and his family 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.

Background

He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president.

Uhuru Kenyatta is married and has 3 children.

Education

He played as a Winger for St. Mary’s Nairobi Rugby Team.

Career

Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel arap Moi and, despite his political inexperience, was favored 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 large margin. He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. He backed Kibaki for re-election in theDecember 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. He resigned as Minister of Finance on 26 January 2012.

Achievements

  • Uhuru Kenyatta was #26 on Forbes’ list of “Africa's 40 Wealthiest People”, having new worth of $500 million in 2011.

Politics

He is Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU; Conservatism), which is currently part of the Party of National Unity (PNU).

Views

“I believe that Kenya’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It leads to a dynamic and vibrant society that is fuelled by a constant exchange of ideas. Within our diverse nation, we must be united. United under the same dream of building a better Kenya. When we stand united, we stand stronger. We will work together to boost the economy and promote transparency at all levels of government. Together, we can achieve our vision of an economically strong, uncorrupt and united Kenya with infinite possibilities and opportunities for all.” - Uhuru Kenyatta

Quotations: "Unless we set aside personal interests and focus on the common good, we are going nowhere". Uhuru Kenyatta

Membership

  • Gatundu South Constituency

Connections

father:
Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta - father of Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya's first president

mother:
Ngina Kenyatta - Kenya
Ngina Kenyatta - mother of Uhuru Kenyatta

First Lady of Kenya

wife:
Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo