Today marks 41 years since the death of the first Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta passed away.
Below are things worth knowing about the founding father.
1. He governed Kenya as its Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964 and then as its first President from 1964 to his death in 1978.
2. Jomo Kenyatta led the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party from 1961 until his death.
3. Jomo studied at Moscow’s Communist University of the Toilers of the East, University College London, and the London School of Economics.
4. In 1952, he was among the Kapenguria Six arrested and charged with masterminding the anti-colonial Mau Mau Uprising.
5. Kenyatta was born in the village of Nginda, Gatundu.
6. Kenyatta’s father was named Muigai, and his mother Wambui.
7. After Jomo’s father Muigai died his mother Wambui then married her late husband’s younger brother, Ngengi.
8. He was involved in money generating activities including transporting livestock to Nairobi, building houses for the Thogota Mission.
Working as a stores clerk and meter reader for Cook, who had been appointed water superintendent for Nairobi’s municipal council.
9. His ‘girlfriend’ back in the day was Grace Wahu, who later became his wife.
She had two children with Jomo Kenyatta: Peter Muigai Kenyatta and Margaret Wambui Kenyatta.
10. In 1920 Kenyatta was suspended from taking Holy Communion; the suspension was in response to his drinking habits and his relations with Wahu out of wedlock.
11. Kenyatta began working as a stores clerk and meter reader for Cook, where he earned a meager Ksh 250.
12. For many years, Kenyatta had suffered health problems. He had a mild stroke in 1966, and a second in May 1968.
He suffered from gout and heart problems, all of which he sought to keep hidden from the public.
13. On 22 August 1978, he died of a heart attack in the State House, Mombasa.