Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was born on 16 October 1961 in Nairobi, the son of founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

Uhuru Kenyatta is the Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU), the former ruling party, which is currently part of the Party of National Unity (PNU). He first became involved in politics in 1997 when he successfully ran for the position of Chairman of his hometown branch of the Kenyan African National Union (KANU) ruling party. Nominated to Parliament in 2001, he became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi.

Kenyatta ran as KANU's candidate in the December 2002 presidential election, but lost to opposition candidate Mwai Kibak. He subsequently became Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. In 2005, Kenyatta became the chairman of the KANU and formed an alliance with the Liberal Democratic Party known as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). However, during the 2007 election Kenyatta gave his support to the re-election of Mwai Kibaki and was named Minister of Local Government by Kibaki in January 2008, before becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade on 13 April 2008 as part of a coalition government. In January 2009, he was transferred to the post of Minister of Finance, while also remaining as Deputy Prime Minister.

The Kenyan National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) linked Uhuru Kenyatta to the violence which occurred in the aftermath of the 2007 presidential election and alleges that he attended meetings with other ethnic Kikuyu Ministers to organise retaliatory attacks against the supporters of ODM.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleges that Kenyatta, together with Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Mohammed Hussein Ali, developed and executed a plan to attack ODM supporters by ordering Kenyan Police Forces to use excessive force against civilian protesters in the districts of Kisumu and Kibera. 

On 15 December 2010, the Prosecutor of the ICC requested Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC to issue summonses to appear for Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, together with Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Mohammed Hussein Ali, on the basis that there existed reasonable grounds to believe that they were criminally responsible for crimes against humanity, pursuant to article 7 of the Rome Statute.

On 15 March 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC issued a summonses to appear. Kenyatta and his co-accused made their initial appearance before the ICC on 8 April 2011. The Confirmation of Charges hearing is scheduled for 21 September 2011.

Kenyatta maintains his innocence.

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