9 Intriguing Facts About Jomo Kenyatta You May Not Know


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The Presidency 

On Aug. 21, 1961, Kenyatta was free, but there was still work to do. In that year, voting rights were finally given to Kenyans. In the following year, Kenyatta went to London to get full independence from British authority. By 1963, terms were negotiated and a temporary government was established. In this temporary government, he was prime minister, but a year later Kenyatta became president from 1964-78.


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His presidency was concerned with uniting all of Kenya. So his administration included people from various ethnic groups. There was only one political party during his presidency.



Kenyatta has been celebrated for his work as a founding father of Kenya. His face is on every piece of currency; there are universities named after him such as Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Kenya’s international airport is named after him. Kenyatta died Aug. 22, 1978, leaving behind a stable country. In fact, the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is his son.