Uhuru Kenyatta

  1. Kenya president refuses to rule out comeback as PM

    Peter Wakaba

    BBC News, Nairobi

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy President William Ruto
    Image caption: President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) had previously promised to hand power to his deputy William Ruto (L)

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has refused to rule out the possibility that the position of prime minister may be created in an upcoming referendum as a way to see him retain power past the constitutional limit of two terms for a president.

    Mr Kenyatta is due to leave office in 2022.

    In a streamed interview with Financial Times journalist Katrina Manson, the president refused to comment on "non-existent positions".

    He however was categorical that he would not stay on as president beyond his two terms, saying the constitution and the people of Kenya were very clear about that.

    "Kenyans are very clear about the two-term limit since 2002, when it came into effect. No president has broken that. And I have no intention of being the first," he said.

    The president said Kenya would hold a referendum soon to, according to him, "change parts of the constitution that would periodically need amendments, a fact that even its creators acknowledged".

    He also addressed concerns about the free trade deal being negotiated between Kenya and the US, saying it would be a negotiation of equals despite the different economic and political power of the two countries.

    A host of civil society organisations, who maintain that the trade deal will be a disaster for the Kenyan economy, tweeted their opposition under the hashtag #NoToKenyaUSFTA.

    Mr Kenyatta also had a message for those holding Black Lives Matter protests in the US and across the world: "All lives matter, but there should not be any targeted oppression of any group in society."

  2. Nkurunziza death: Kenya flags to be flown half-mast

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Burundi counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza and their wives
    Image caption: President Kenyatta (R) was among the first regional leaders to send condolences

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered that flags be flown at half-mast across the country from Saturday in honour of the late Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza.

    The order on Kenyan and East Africa Community flags will remain in effect until Mr Nkurunziza is buried.

    Local media has reported on the close friendship between President Kenyatta and the late Nkurunziza.

    The Star newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the late president was to be flown to either Kenya's capital, Nairobi, or Tanzania's commercial hub, Dar es Salaam, for treatment.

    Burundi first lady Denise Nkurunziza was being treated in Kenya when her husband's death was announced.

    President Kenyatta on Tuesday sent his condolences to the first lady and the people of Burundi.

  3. Kenya leader strips his deputy of powers

    Ferdinand Omondi

    BBC News, Nairobi

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and his deputy William Ruto
    Image caption: President Kenyatta (L) has previously accused William Ruto's supporters of undermining his agenda for the country

    Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has reorganised his government and stripped his deputy of power-sharing privileges.

    The revised executive order has raised sharp debate in Kenya.

    Some say it is routine and innocuous - that the presidency simply changing its name on paper to the Executive Office of the President.

    But others are convinced it means President Kenyatta will no longer seek Deputy President William Ruto’s approval on important state affairs.

    The deputy president may also lose direct funding to his office and power to appoint his staff. The head of public service has already alerted the finance ministry of the changes ahead of next week’s reading of the national budget.

    Previously the pair - who first joined forces in 2012 as suspects at the International Criminal Court - consulted on key matters, including state appointments and government business in parliament.

    But Mr Ruto has been in the shadows lately as President Kenyatta reorganises the ruling party and influential positions in parliament and the senate, as he seeks to stamp his legacy before leaving office at the end of his term in 2022.

    Some analysts see these changes as President Kenyatta asserting his authority after voicing frustrations with the deputy president’s supporters in government, who he has accused of undermining his agenda for the country.

    Already the ruling party has dismissed legislators perceived to be close to the deputy president from key roles in the house committees, replacing them with the president’s loyalists.

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  4. Trump speaks to African leaders on Covid-19 response

    US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone
    Image caption: President Trump spoke with President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta

    US President Donald Trump held telephone conversations with two African leaders about their responses to the coronavirus pandemic

    Mr Trump spoke with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday.

    He offered assistance to South Africa to support its efforts to battle the pandemic and said that the US stands with the people of South Africa in the battle against the pandemic, according to a readout of their conversation.

    President Trump also offered assistance to Kenya’s response to coronavirus and agreed to remain in close communication with President Kenyatta.

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  5. Kenya to tax imported milk products

    Peter Mwangangi

    BBC Africa Business, Nairobi

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in 2019
    Image caption: President Kenyatta's family has a huge stake in the dairy sector

    Kenya intends to slap a 16% value added tax on all imported milk products that originate outside the East Africa community in a move to protect local farmers who are facing a glut and low prices in the market.

    The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose family is the majority owner of Brookside Dairies, the country's largest milk processor.

    He promised to "increase the money in the pocket of the farmer… as opposed to the middle men and brokers".

    He also announced the release of $10m (£7.6m) to the country’s national dairy processor, the Kenya Co-Operative Creameries (KCC), to purchase excess milk from farmers to convert into powder milk.

    The funds will also be used to enhance the KCC’s processing capacity in two of its plants located outside the capital, Nairobi.

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    Video caption: Kenya attack: We'll catch Dusit plotters, says President Kenyatta

    President Uhuru Kenyatta vows to catch those behind the attack on Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex.

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    Video caption: Kenyatta wants legacy to be fight against corruption

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta says a new audit will show how public servants got their wealth.

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    Video caption: Kenyatta wants legacy to be fight against corruption

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta says a new audit will show how public servants got their wealth.

  9. Polygraph test to weed out corruption in Kenya

    Smarting from a slew of corruption scandals that have rocked his administration, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has now suggested that government officials in charge of procurement should take a polygraph test to help deal with graft, Daily Nation reports.

    He said the test was just one of new measures that would be unveiled to deal with corruption.

    He made the announcement in his speech at the official celebration of Madaraka day - the day Kenya assumed self rule.

    He said Kenya had to eliminate "corruption in our country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children".

    The latest corruption scandal to hit Mr Kenyatta's administration is the theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m) in one of his signature projects that was set up to address youth unemployment.

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    Some 40 civil servants are facing charges over the stealing of the money from the National Youth Service.

    There have been numerous corruption cases since Mr Kenyatta took power, but little in the way of high profile convictions.

    According to a March report by the auditor general, some $400m of public funds could not be accounted for.

    The news of a polygraph test has been met with scorn on Twitter:

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  10. Kenya's president calls for 'forgiveness'

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for forgiveness and reconciliation during his state of the nation address.

    "If there was anything I said last year that hurt or wounded you, if I damaged the unity of this country in any way, I ask you to forgive me, and to join me in repairing that harm," Mr Kenyatta said.

    Mr Kenyatta was criticized for calling the judges "thugs" after the Supreme Court annulled his election win in August 2017.

    He won a re-run, which was boycotted by his main rival Raila Odinga. Mr Kenyatta called Mr Odinga "a mad man".

    "I pray that all of us will spend the days and weeks after this address repairing the bonds that frayed last year," he said during today's address.

    "Let us apologize for our words,and for the anger and malice that Kenyans heard."

    The President won an heated election re-run last October, which Mr Odinga had boycotted.

    Around 150 people were killed in election-related, with police accused of using excessive force to quell opposition-organised protests.

    Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta shook hands in March to promote reconciliation.

    There was a mixed response by Kenyans to today's speech by Mr Kenyatta:

    A Twitter user wrote "Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace without the truth."