Jomo Kenyatta was a Kenyan anti-colonial activist and politician who governed Kenya as its Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964 and then as its first President from 1964 to his death in 1978
Kenyan political activist and President of Kenya Afican National Union, Jomo Kenyatta was released from jail after serving 9 years.
During the 1952 Mau Mau rebellion, Kenyatta, together with other nationalist leaders was imprisoned by the British authorities. The rebellion took the British by surprise and rendered the country ungovernable for almost eight years.
It was this rebellion that paved the way for the independence of Kenya out of the bondages of Britain. Kenyatta subsequently became president in 1964 a year after the country became independent from Britain.
Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta borrowed money to buy his first suit, according to James Muigai.
Muigai, who was Kenyatta’s step-brother, said the former President was so broke when he was released from the Kapenguria detention camp that he had to borrow money to meet his basic needs
.“By the time my brother came out of colonial detention, I was already a top civil servant with a good salary,” Muigai said.
“Actually I am the one who lent him money to buy his first set of suits just before he became President,” he added.
Muigai further said that due to his long career as a teacher and inspector of schools, he did not seek favours from Kenyatta or try to use shortcuts to accumulate wealth.