President Uhuru Kenyatta legacy; why he will be remembered


His excellence Uhuru Kenyatta is loved as much as he is hated by a majority of Kenyans. As a result, supporters and critics often clash on his track record. We have 10 key points as to why President Uhuru Kenyatta legacy is a conversation starter.

President Uhuru Kenyatta legacy SRC: @The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta SRC: @The Standard

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Uhuru has been serving as president since 2013 when he assumed the role of Commander in Chief alongside DP Ruto. His exit from office leaves behind a sorry state economy amid traces of progress.

President Uhuru Kenyatta legacy

The outgoing president used his 2022 Madaraka Day speech to parade his achievements to the nation. Despite the odds, Uhuru is convinced that his legacy will outlive him. Top in his priorities are multi-billion infrastructural projects.

Firstly, Uhuru says he has tarmacked more roads than all his three predecessors combined,

“I am proud to record that, if the third administration built 2,000 kilometres of tarmac roads, we accelerated his achievement by building over 11,000km, which is close to six times what they built. In fact, we have built more roads in nine years than what the previous administrations combined, including the colonisers, built in 123 years.”

Figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) affirm that the nationwide road network has increased by about 12,126 kilometres. Secondly, Uhuru is confident that his recently launched competency-based curriculum (CBC) will steer the nation in the right direction.

“To ensure that even those that are not admitted in universities get an equal chance, we have transformed our Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET). Where there stood only 52 institutions in 2013, today we are home to 238 institutes, representing a 435 per cent growth. With this transformation, every Kenyan child has a chance.”

What Uhuru Kenyatta will be remembered for


According to the head of state, he has successfully instituted a knowledge-based economy geared towards nurturing talents and producing competent workers. For the record, president Uhuru increased the number of TVET institutions from 705 to 2,396 between 2012 and 2021.

He is all about ensuring fair access to higher education at highly subsidised rates.

“To ensure that even those that are not admitted in universities get an equal chance, we have transformed our Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVet). Where there stood only 52 institutions in 2013, today we are home to 238 institutes, representing a 435 per cent growth. With this transformation, every Kenyan child has a chance.”

The third President of Kenya SRC: @The Standard
The third President of Kenya SRC: @The Standard

Thirdly, President Uhuru credits his government for massive digitisation in all sectors of the economy. He is particularly proud of at least 40 operational Huduma centres in various parts of the country.

Most important are the multi-billion-shilling Chinese-funded Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the Lamu Port, and the newly-built Nairobi Expressway. Other remarkable projects include the Dongo Kundu Bypass, Makupa Bridge, Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu dual carriageway, the Kipevu Oil Terminal, and the mega Kisumu Port.

While there are several other achievements, Uhuru’s legacy continues to suffer a deteriorating economy. At worst, are skyrocketing fuel prices with no signs of relief in the near future.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta legacy is highly decorated. Overall, he will be remembered for tripling infrastructural investments at the expense of socio-economic progress.

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