President Uhuru Kenyatta’s world record and intrigues that made him president

President Uhuru Kenyatta holds world record

The most notable world record he broke was in 2007 when he became the first official opposition leader in the world to fail to run for elections, instead choosing to support a sitting president’s reelection.

What followed afterwards was a highly charged campaigns pitting current opposition boss Raila Odinga of Orange Democratic Movement against Mwai Kibaki.

In the aftermath of the disputed 2007 elections, Kenyatta would emerge again with a plum appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade.

He was later moved to the Ministry of Finance with his influence and support growing over the years.

As Kibaki left office in 2013, Kenyatta would win the seat backed by his deputy William Ruto with the opposition led by Raila Odinga crying foul.

The duo repeated the same feat in 2017 after a protracted electioneering period that was settled in Court with his win in repeat polls being upheld.

His political career began like a scene in a movie when former President Moi pulled him from behind the scenes.

In 2001, nominated MP Mark Too gave up his seat for the little known Uhuru Kenyatta to be nominated to parliament.

Shortly afterwards, the little-known Kenyatta was appointed Minister for Local government and thrust into the national scene.

He would go ahead to become one of the four Vice Presidents of KANU, with the party settling on him to run for the 2002 presidential elections.

He however suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mwai Kibaki backed by a united opposition.


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