Jomo Kenyatta

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Jomo Kenyatta
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1st President of Kenya
In office
12 December 1964 – 22 August 1978
Vice PresidentJaramogi Oginga Odinga
Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi
Daniel arap Moi
Succeeded byDaniel arap Moi
1st Prime Minister of Kenya
In office
1 June 1963 – 12 December 1964
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
Born
Kamau wa Ngengi

c. 1889[1]
Gatundu, British East Africa
Died22 August 1978(1978-08-22) (aged 88)
Mombasa, Coast, Kenya
Resting placeNairobi, Kenya
NationalityKenyan
Political partyKANU
Spouse(s)Grace Wahu (m. 1919)
Edna Clarke (1942–1946)
Grace Wanjiku (d.1950)
Mama Ngina (1951–1978)
Children
8
Alma materLondon School of Economics University College London University of the Toilers of the East

Jomo Kenyattapron. (~1889 – 22 August 1978) was an Kenyan politician. He was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978. He served first as Prime Minister (1963–64) and then as President (1964–78). He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.

As President, Kenyatta was against socialism and worked with the United Kingdom and the United States in the Cold War. He also was criticized within Kenya for corruption.[2] He suffered a heart attack in 1966, and eventually died on 22 August 1978 from complications of a stroke, aged 88. His son Uhuru Kenyatta is the current president of the country.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2014-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Maloba, W. O. (2017). The Anatomy of Neo-Colonialism in Kenya: British Imperialism and Kenyatta, 1963–1978. African Histories and Modernities. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-50964-8.

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