Who is Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta? The simple answer is that he is the fourth President of the Republic of Kenya and the first President under the devolution system of government.
Close associates and Kenyans in general call him Uhunye, the son of the first President of the Republic of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta.
Uhuru Kenyatta was born in 1961, slightly two years before Kenya got her independence and perhaps that is what inspired the name “Uhuru” meaning “Freedom,” because at that time, the country was all talking about MAUMAU (Mzungu Arudi Ulaya, Mwafrika Apate Uhuru).
Uhuru Kenyatta’s name came to the national limelight politics in 2003. Before then, very few people knew him apart from those from his hometown of Gatundu. The man responsible for the brand Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya’s politics was President Daniel Kapkorios Toroitich Arab Moi when he fronted him to run for presidency on a Kenya African National Union (KANU) ticket. That time, the country was crying for change and wanted to break away from the 24-year rule of Mzee Daniel Moi. Uhuru Kenyatta lost to the then NARC presidential candidate Stanley Emilio Mwai Kibaki.
The same year 2003, Uhuru Kenyatta was elected the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South, the position he held till the year 2013. During the same period, he was the leader of the opposition in the National Parliament. Prior to 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta served in various government positions. From 23th January 2007 to 26th January 2014, he was the Minister for Finance, from 2008 to 2013, while still the Minister for Finance, Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister under the grand coalition government which was led by Mwai Kibaki as President and Raila Amolo Odinga as Prime Minister.
Prior to the 2013 general election, Uhuru Kenyatta moved from KANU and formed TNA which then teamed up with that of William Samoei Ruto, URP. Mr. Kenyatta ran for presidency and William Ruto was as his deputy. The duo won the election by 50.07 percent, beating the then Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) candidate Raila Odinga.
Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto shocked the world when they got the license from Kenyans to occupy the highest office in the country despite the fact that they had cases concerning them at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Haque. Some nations such as the United States of America were against them, warning Kenyans with the famous phrase of “choices have consequences,” but the two Kenyans still proved them wrong.
Those who closely associate with President Uhuru Kenyatta say that the man is the true definition of “the man of the people.” He appeals to both the children (you may have seen him how he is easy, jovial and happy around the children, the youth and the elderly.
Uhuru Kenyatta is running for a second term in a hotly contested election that is to be held on the 8th of August 2017 (just three days from the day of this article).