Top Highlights of Uhuru in 2023

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the top newsmakers of the year despite having handed over power to his successor, William Ruto in 2022. 

Unlike his predecessors, Uhuru dominated the political space on the occasions that he made a public appearance, rubbing shoulders with the Kenya Kwanza regime.

Here are some of the highlights of Uhuru witnessed in 2023.

Magoha’s Funeral

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga holding hands with Former President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Jubilee Party NDC on May 22, 2023.



Uhuru’s first major appearance after leaving office was at the home of former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on January 31.

The former President had joined his colleagues from his Cabinet in mourning Magoha who served in his government in various capacities. 

He later joined former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the funeral of Magoha in Yala, Gem on February 11, where he mourned the former CS as a dedicated servant leader who had the interest of Kenyans at heart.

Uhuru also took the time to join Raila for stop-over rallies in Vihiga and Kisumu affirming that he was still in Azimio despite their loss at the 2022 polls.

Storming Jubilee Headquarters

After months of spending his retirement engaging in his work as the regional peace envoy, the former Head of State made his first political appearance when he stormed the Jubilee Headquarters on April 26. 

According to Uhuru, he was displeased by some of the actions of the Ruto administration which he claimed was forcefully attempting to take his party away from him.

He also indicated that he had gone to defend embattled Secretary General; Jeremiah Kioni who he stated was being forcefully evicted from his position by the EALA MP Kanini Kega faction.

Additionally, he confronted the police who had surrounded the offices, even demanding that they leave the area for calm to be restored.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta attends Jubilee Party NDC at Ngong Race Course on Monday, May 22, 2023.



Party NDC

Following the failed hostile takeover of the Jubilee Party, Uhuru Convened a National Delegates Conference (NDC) on May 22, 2023, geared at replacing leaders who had pledged allegiance to the government.

At the same event, he also took his time to explain his fallout with Ruto’s administration and why he was yet to hand over the party to other officials.

“I thought I should retire from politics but others decided to threaten me. I’m telling them today to look for another person, not Uhuru Kenyatta. If you behave like thugs, we will treat you as such.”

“They used to insult me while I stayed silent. They’ve stolen goats and burnt farms thinking they will intimidate me, but the people who gave me this party told me to protect it and I will do so until they select another party leader,” he stated then.

Son’s House 

On July 21, 2023, Uhuru was forced out of political hibernation after police officers raided his eldest son, Jomo’s house.

The police claimed they were seeking to recover some firearms from Uhuru’s son whom they alleged may have been misused during the opposition demonstrations.

Unlike his previous engagements, Uhuru appeared hurt and warned the government against going after his family.

“What does my mother have to do with anything? What do my children have to do with anything? Kama shida yenu ni mimi, I’m here. They know where I am 24/7. Why all this, intimidate a 90-year-old woman and children? If it is me you want, come and tell us what you want,” he stated.

Radio Birthday Call

As many Kenyans took to social media to wish the former Head of State a happy 62nd birthday on October 26, Uhuru delivered a special message to Kenyans during a live phone call with Kameme FM morning show host, Muthoni wa Kihumba.

The Jubilee Party leader asserted that he was doing alright and asked Kenyans to maintain peace.

He also asked the radio host to play him one of his favourite reggae songs  I Got You, Babe, by his favourite band – UB40.

Kitui Church Service

In the company of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Uhuru made a surprise appearance at the Full Gospel Church in Mwingi on November 19.

At the service, he called out the current regime for making him a scapegoat for their non-performance.

He also maintained that he was in Azimio despite attempts to push him out of the political space.

“I am pleased with the unity of leaders seated here. I am a supporter of Azimio with no intention to change my allegiance. I stand with my principles and I hold to what I believe in. We are here to stay, we are proud of it and we are hopeful of a bright future,” he declared then.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing residents of Machakos County at a stopover on November 19, 2023.


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