Mzee jomo kenyatta is the first President of the republic of Kenya. Once portrayed as a menacing symbol of African nationalism, he brought stability to the country and defended Western interests during his 15 years as Kenyan leader. Despite numerous challenges, he was able to heal the nation after acquiring independence .
Unlike the former presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki who made Statehouse their official residence, Mzee jomo kenyatta only slept at statehouse once in his 15 years reign as the president. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died on August 22, 1978 at 3:30 am in his sleep at State House, Mombasa.
According to one of Mzee kenyatta close allies Duncan Ndegwa, Kenyatta would not sleep at State House because he said there were ‘ghosts’ of white people and frogs that croaked the whole night making it inhabitable. according to him, this was a premonition white settlers were planning to overthrow him from presidency.
Suspicious death of then Attorney General Argwings Kodhek who was residing at statehouse only brought more questions than answers.
For this Bizzare reasons, Kenyatta preferred his ancestral home in Gatundu where he could get peace and spend time with his family.He would make the 50km journey to Nairobi every morning to perform his stately duties as the head of state.
Nowadays, President Uhuru has made State House more accessible to ordinary citizens unlike any other former presidents by holding forums at the President’s residence to discuss different issues affecting the country.