His Excellency The Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta C.G.H.
President and Commander in Chief
of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya
President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (born 26 October 1961) is the fourth and current President of Kenya, in office since 9 April 2013. He previously served in the Government of Kenya as Minister of Local Government from 2001 to 2002, and he was Leader of the Official Opposition from 2002 to 2007; subsequently he was Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013. He served as the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South Constituency beginning in 2002. Hon. Kenyatta was also Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU), which was a part of the Party of National Unity (PNU).
Kenyatta is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president (1964–1978). His name, Uhuru, ii Swahili for “freedom”. He attended St. Mary’s School in Nairobi. From there he went on to study political science at Amherst College in the United States.
Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi and, Hon. Kenyatta vied for the Presidency on a KANU ticket in the December 2002 elections and came second after Mwai Kibaki who won the elections. He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. He backed Kibaki for re-election in the December 2007 Presidential Elections 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.
On 20 May 2012, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta attended the elaborately assembled and much-publicised launch of The National Alliance (Kenya) party in a modern high-tech dome at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta’s party, The National Alliance (Kenya) (TNA) joined William Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP), Najib Balala’s Republican Congress Party (RCP) and Charity Ngilu’s National Rainbow Coalition party to form the formidable Jubilee Alliance coalition, which propelled him to victory in the March 4th 2013 Elections.
Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the Fourth President of the Republic of Kenya on 9th April 2013 after winning in the preceding General Elections held on 4th March 2013.
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