Jomo Kenyatta

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Jomo Kenyatta
Kenyatta in 1966
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
Kamau wa Ngengi

20 October 1893[1]
Gatundu, British East Africa
Died22 August 1978 (aged 84)
Mombasa, Coast, Kenya
Resting placeNairobi, Kenya
Political partyKANU
Spouse(s)Grace Wahu (m. 1919)
Edna Clarke (1942–1946)
Grace Wanjiku (d.1950)
Mama Ngina (1951–1978)
Alma materLondon School of Economics University College London University of the Toilers of the East

Jomo Kenyattapron. (20 October 1893 – 22 August 1978) was a 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 83–84. His son Uhuru Kenyatta is the former president of the country.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta". Archived from the original on 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  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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