To his buddies his nick name is MK while to his employees his nickname is Chairman.
4. He does not love attention
This may come as a shock to most of us given that we would give anything to be in his shoes, but the laid back guy loves his quiet life.
According to the Standard he once walked past a battery of journalists, literally into the boardroom of Mediamax on Kijabe Street without many journalists recognizing him or feeling his presence.
They only learnt later that the man who had passed right under their noses was indeed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s kid brother.
He is also one of the few top executives who can stroll into a supermarket, grab a trolley and proceed to the shelves, pick items, walk to the till, pay for them and walk out without a soul in the building realizing that he has been in the place.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed that the late Bruce Odhiambo helped him straighten his son Jomo.
Uhuru on Saturday said Bruce, who served as the Youth Fund boss, was a man to be emulated for many generations to come.
He said despite having schooled in the same school and sat in the same class, their relations took them beyond school and they have remained best of friends until his death,
Bruce died on January 4, at a Nairobi hospital after he suffered heart attack.
Uhuru was eulogising the late at his Muhoroni home where he has been laid to rest.
“He was a true Kenyan, he had no tribal or religious boundaries all he wanted is to make friends. He recongised you for who you are and not what you are,” Uhuru said.
The Head of State said Bruce was a man who was never afraid to give everything he had for those who couldn’t have.
He said in his life, the late has helped so many upcoming musicians who wouldn’t have made it in life.
“He was a mentor to many young people including my very own son Jomo whom he helped me straighten out and that is why I have come here today to celebrate a man who means a lot to my family,” he said.
Uhuru maintained Bruce will be remembered because he had no political affiliations and he had a great desire to restructure the youth fund.
“He took me to Kibera so many times to see how we could improve the lives of our youth. He did all these because he understood the needs of the people,” Uhuru added.
He said, “We who have been left behind we must ask ourselves what we can do to emulate him.”
Uhuru also said his government will not abandon the family that has been left behind.
“I am making this promise not as the president but as a brother of the man who is lying here. We shall ensure these children complete education and settle in life, we shall support you to keep his company alive and moving because he would have done the same for us,” he said.
Uhuru also agreed to meet all the musicians at Nairobi’s State House to discuss the future of the music industry in the country.
Former Prime Minister and AU’s special envoy Raila Odinga, in his remarks, termed Bruce as a selfless man who had a great heart.
He touched generations, those who were older than him, his age-mates and younger than him. He loved people and has changed the lives of many young people,” Raila said.
He added, “All we can say Bruce has lived a good life and it is a testimony of good upbringing.”
Here are the palatial mansions politicians including Uhuru Kenyatta call home when they are in ‘shags’ Or what the rich and mighty call holiday homes.
Uhuru Kenyatta – Gatundu
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s palatial home is Gatundu is said to be spacious and state of the art. Not much is known about it but a while back, the fourth president of Kenya refurbished his Sh 700 million house next to State House.
The first family’s stylish posh home which is located along Dennis Pritt road is highly secured and bulletproof residence, according to the Star.
“A concrete wall, high-tech electric fence, bulletproof windows and a state-of-the-art alarm system are among the security features. And 24-hour GSU protection.”
Uhuru’s new home which shares a fence with State House is said to be or rather will be the most expensive home in Kenya. The new palace ‘has a spacious basement/lower level for parking, offices and a kitchen.
Well, we have photos of satellite images from Google maps of the home and here is a breakdown of what it’s like;
The ground floor features a living room and dining room, kitchenette and more offices.
The upper floor contains three spacious bedrooms and other rooms.
The wing on the right has a swimming pool, while the one on the left appears to have an unmarked helipad on the roof of the upper level.
Here is the satellite photo of President Uhuru’s new palatial home
Five years ago, it was reported that the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was putting up a Sh1 billion hill-side palatial residence in Riat Kisumu.
Construction of the palatial, almost stately 74 roomed residence begun nine years ago and was completed sometime in 2015.
The home is crested in Kanyakwar, Riat Hills overlooking Kisumu International Airport. It affords the former PM a near-aerial view of Kisumu City, the base of his political power.
“At some point, the PM was under pressure from family members to convert it into a hotel facility but he stuck his ground on the home idea. His will has prevailed to date,” a source close to Raila said yesterday.
The residence has close to 10 bedrooms- including Raila’s master bedroom all upstairs. It has four expansive kitchens, two main conference rooms, two small conference rooms and many offices.
The main contractor is said to be a foreigner who subcontracted local contractors. Currently, the contractor is doing final touches on the facility and at the same time doing landscaping outside.
Other sources said the construction is behind schedule as it was intended to be finished last year.
The political icon also has another home in the leafy suburbs of Karen.
Here are photos from today’s event where he hosted the president in his Bondo home.
William Ruto – Mombasa
Lap of luxury doesn’t begin to describe the new mansion of Deputy President William Ruto.
Details have emerged of a Ksh 50m home that is set to be refurbished for Ruto a.k.a the hustler.
The government is in a bid to refurbish DP Ruto’s Mombasa-based second home at a cost of Sh46.5 million.
This is a far cry from the shack he used to live in.
Below is the ‘cheap-looking’ house where the Deputy President used to live in as a true hustler. This was way before the big mullah checked in.
According to Business Daily, the former Coast PC and a past Coast Regional Coordinator Samuel Kilele was the last occupant of the house.
Cost details on refurbishing the home come days after it was revealed that taxpayers will pay Sh50 million to build a second office in Mombasa for the second most powerful man in the country.
During official working tours to the Coast, Mr Ruto is expected to put up at the new residence as opposed to staying at beach hotels like has been the case in the past, while President Uhuru Kenyatta spends time at State House in Mombasa.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has pointed out the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was topmost remarkable achievement in 2018.
In his New Year wishes to Kenyans sent to newsrooms last evening, Moi said it is worthwhile as we come to the close of 2018, to reflect the things that shaped us as a country.
“Handshake changed the landscape of the country, as the two leaders taught us that as Citizens of this great nation, selflessness triumphs over selfishness and personal ambitions” he said.
The March 9, the two leaders Uhuru and Raila decided to throw behind their political antagonism and they shook hands to symbolize unity and readiness to work together in moving the nation forward.
Senator Moi, son of retired president Daniel Arap Moi, said it was a defining year for the country in two fronts-the unity of the country and the fight against corruption.
He said the handshake was a momentous opportunity for the country “as it set the nation on the trajectory of national healing, reconciliation” he said.
Rumors have it that the Senator might later on declare his ambition to battle Deputy President William Ruto to takeover presidency after Uhuru’s term elapses in 2022.
Next year 2019 thus Moi said should be a gifting momentum in the fight against things that divide us as a country, impoverish our people and stagnate the growth of our nation.
Leaders should seize the good will and support by Kenyans and ensure the country feels the impact of the full realization of fruits of the handshake which include continued fight against corruption by ensuring those tasked with public resources maintain fiscal discipline, stop wastage and pilferage of public funds.
“We should also not forget the challenges the Kenyan farmer faced this year by putting in place policies that will make his sweat in the blistering sun in the farm to count” Senator Moi said.
He asked Kenyans and leaders to work the path together this coming year so as to restore the sense of nationhood among Kenyans in our motherhood.
Furthermore he took the opportunity to wish all Kenyans Happy New Year 2019.
Ngina is from a top family and carries herself around as a role model. We’ve never seen her show off her cleavage and belly in the name of fashion. Dear slay queens, showing off your flesh portrays you in a negative way. Be conservative like Kenyatta’s daughter.
5. Unlike slay queens who litter our timelines with pics from sponsored holidays, free lunch dates to posing inside other people’s cars, Uhuru’s daughter loves a private life. She’s on Instagram na hatusumbui!
6. Natural –
Have you ever come across pics of Ngina with a heavily made-up face? No. The first daughter is not about that life. She loves her make up free face, no fake hairs and nails. And in fact, she rocks simple Abuja braids while slay queens can’t give us space whenever they purchase that synthetic weave or wig. But the problem is when it overstays on the head. They smell like a goat slaughter house..pala Kiamaiko.
7. High maintenance
Unlike slay queens who fall for anyone as long as they have a few coins, Ngina Kenyatta is a high-class woman. She’s rich and can afford to pay rent for 100 slay queens who reside in bedsitters in Roysambu. To win her heart, you must be from the royal family as well. Or else poverty one side.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning boarded the SGR to Mombasa where he will be spending his Christmas holiday.
Uhuru, accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, mingled with and said hello to other passengers on board.
The Head of State will be at the Coast for the Christmas festivities until January.
Sources within the presidency refuted claims the trip was secret saying it was Uhuru’s normal travel for holiday to the coast.
“It was just public he boarded and alighted as everyone witnessed. He walked around and talked to people about the SGR service. Wakafika Mombasa akashuka and wakaenda zao na Mama. He is basically spending the holiday and part of January there,” the source said.
Kenya Railways had earlier advised passengers seeking to use SGR to seek alternative means like road or air as the passenger train between Nairobi and Mombasa is fully booked ahead of Christmas.
The corporation said tickets for the train for most days up to December 24 are fully booked with spaces remaining on a few weekday dates.
Currently the SGR is charging Sh1,000 for the economy class with those opting for first class coughing Sh3,000.
When it comes to being a celebrity juggling your private and public life is never easy, but to some celebrities it seems they have mastered the art of managing both sides. Different male celebrities have made sure that their kids have the very best and also when it comes to the public’s eye, they haven’t been exposed as much.
1. Uhuru Kenyatta
The President of the republic of Kenya has always ensured the kids at least stay away from the public’s eye. Even though at times they are seen making public appearances during important meetings, events and also at times while having a time of their lives.
2. Shaffie Weru
Famous Kiss 100 presenter Shaffie also has been seen being a good father. He loves taking pictures with her daughters and is also seen going all the way and beyond for his daughters. He deserves all the respect because being a father ain’t as easy as one may think.
3. Collins Injera
Well known rugby player Injera always seems to have joy when he is with her kids. As tough as he may seem in the field he is always there for his adorable family. He has scored the second highest number of tries ever in theWorld Rugby Sevens Series.
Famous musician Nameless is never afraid of showing off the love he has for his daughters. He is usually seen posting pictures of them together and also embracing them as a father and even though he posts pictures he still tries to ensure they are safe.
5. Eric Wainaina
Talented Kenyan Singer and Songwriter has also ensured that he takes care of his family by trying not to put them all out there.
6. Chef Ali Said Manthry
Father, Husband, Model, TV personality, face of Chevrolet, Coastal Cuisine Ambassador is also among the fathers who have ensured their kid is out of the public’s eye.
7. DJ Moh
Well known Dj who is married to famous gospel artist size 8 has always shown what his daughter means to him. By taking and posting many pictures together and been seen going for outings together shows how much he loves the daughter.
Even though the daughter is well known to the public because of being featured in different advertisements.
On Monday, former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale set tongues wagging after revealing that the DP Ruto had paid Sh100,000 for the snack.
“Yesterday a lucky Susan Mugasia served tea worth Sh 250/- to @WilliamsRuto & these VIPs at her kiosk at Shianda market in Kakamega. The Deputy President gave her Sh 100,000/- and told her to keep change!” said Boni Khalwale.
4. David Kuria
David Kuria received a surprise invitation to the State House to attend President Uhuru’s swearing-in and a State dinner thereafter. Kuria, a newspaper vendor had faithfully sold newspapers to Kenyatta along the streets of Nairobi for decades.
5. Emily Wanjiru
An encounter with the president changed the life of young Emily Wanjiru‘s family. The little girl moved the president with her poem.
Shortly afterwards, the president offered to construct a better house for the family and pay for the girl’s education. This saw the family move from a 10 by 10 makeshift wooden house in Gachoror to a decent house.
Pitts Nguru: Thank God you are looking fine. God give you strength our role model in biz and prosperity. DJ ck is back! Hallelujah
Christian Love: So good to see you back on your feet Chris. I was once worse off than you were and people wrote me off as good as dead. But I bounced back a d am not going g anywhere soon. It is almost 12 years since. God has been good to me andI love a good fight and the satisfaction of the victory thereafter. Live long Chris.
Catherine Mugo: I just love this man I thank God for you ..may you live long….I know you can’t live for ever but may you stay a stay we need you thanks
Philip Kamau:We love You. You are my hero. I personally wish you well, quick recovery, so that you give me a place to aim for
Here are some of the celebrities who got to experience it,
1. Jeff Koinange
The Award winning Journalist and the current Talk show host for Jeff Koinange Live.
2. Amina Abdi Rabar
The TV and radio talk show host took it to instagram to share ”Humbled to be a part of this historic moment with official kenya airways as we take off to New York for their inaugural non stop, daily flight to the big apple.”
3. Alex Chamwada
He is an International Journalist, founder and CEO of CHAMS Media and a Media Consultant
4. Maqbul Mohammed
Actor and radio host
5. Monica Kiragu
Citizen TV news Director.
5. Susan Wong
The plane left the airport at exactly 11.20pm, although it had been scheduled to leave at 10.45pm.
After Sunday night’s departure, the plane will land at the JF Kennedy International airport at 6.25am New York time (1.25pm local time).