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THE CHIEF WHO USED TO DRINK MURATINA WITH UHURU KENYATTA

There is no doubt President uhuru kenyatta is one of the most humble presidents who loves to mingle freely without favor.

James Mukuru was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s area chief in Ichaweri, the village where the First Family hails from in Gatundu, Kiambu County. That was in the early 1990s, when Mukuru was a cut above other chiefs.

Among other duties, Mukuru ensured no tulevis gate-crashed into the Kenyatta’s palatial pad during functions.

Indeed, being area chief for the First Family placed enormous responsibilities beyond dealing with chicken thieves, domestic tiffs and land disputes. Ichaweri was where former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta sometimes stayed when she was not in Mombasa or her Muthaiga home. It is also where Uhuru went to cool his head.

Mukuru’s home on 11 acres is just opposite the Kenyattas’ and he recalls that despite being a scion of Kenya’s equivalent of the royal family, Uhuru was a generous man who freely interacted with villagers.

The now 72-year-old recalls how they would drink the finest muratina, the traditional Kikuyu brew, inside a mud house next to the Kenyattas’ home whenever there was a function.

“We had a good relationship and he trusted me a lot, not only because I was the area chief and a neighbour. When Uhuru was the area MP, we used to drink muratina and eat githeri together inside a mud house when he was around. He would order his bodyguards to walk me home just a few steps and help me cross the road when I got high. He made sure that I arrived home safely.”

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