Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking second five-year term in office


Some 19.6 million Kenyans will vote on Tuesday to elect the country’s fifth president. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta, is campaigning on the platform of generational change.

Uhuru as he is commonly known in Kenya was born on October 26, 1961. He attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi. From there he went on to study political science at Amherst College in the U.S.

He is relatively a late comer in the Kenyan politics and was groomed into politics by the retired President Daniel arap Moi who encouraged him to contest Gatundu South Parliamentary seat in 1997 on KANU ticket, which he lost.

Despite him losing in the parliamentary elections, Moi nominated him to Parliament, propelled him to Cabinet, and then anointed him as his successor in a move that sparked a bitter fall out in KANU party ahead of 2002 elections.

After being anointed by former President Moi, Kenyatta made his first bid for the presidency in 2002, which ended unsuccessful.

His association with the former president did not work in his favour politically, until he left the former ruling party KANU to launch the The National Alliance party, which sponsored him in the March 2013 general elections, which he won under the Jubilee Alliance, a coalition with the United Republican Party and other small parties. Enditem

Source: David Musyoka and Njoroge Kaburo, Xinhua/

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