Uhuru Kenyatta

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Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (born October 1961) is the leader of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), the former ruling party of Kenya. He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president (19641978). His name, Uhuru, is Swahili for "freedom".

He was an unsuccessful candidate for president in the elections of December 27, 2002. Although Kenyatta's party, KANU, had been in power for all of Kenya's 39 years of independence, he was soundly defeated by the opposition leader Mwai Kibaki, taking only 31% of the vote against 62% for Kibaki. Many attributed his defeat to his association with the retiring president Daniel arap Moi, whose long rule was widely regarded as corrupt and ineffectual. In late January 2005, Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Nicholas Biwott for chairmanship of KANU, taking 2,980 votes among party delegates against Biwott's 622 [1] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4222655.stm). He is currently the leader of the official opposition in Kenya.

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