President Kenyatta says he wanted to be like his father

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President Uhuru Kenyatta shared about his childhood dreams  at the official launch of MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works program.

Uhuru was asked about his childhood dreams by Purity Kendi, a MasterCard beneficiary from Laikipia County.

Ms Kendi, who is currently a masters student in California, asked the president what he wanted to be growing up. The question caught the head of state off guard, and he first chuckled before answering.

“Like every young person, I dreamt of being a success and everyone is a creature of environment that they grow up in, I would be lying if I did not say that I did not want to be like my father,” Uhuru responded.

From his response, the commander-in-chief was inspired by the environment he grew up and his father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, being the first president of Kenya.

As a teen President Kenyatta schooled at St Mary’s in Nairobi. In the years between 1979 and 1980, he got a job at KCB Bank, Kipande House on Kenyatta Avenue where he was earning a monthly salary of Sh 600.

While living in the United States in the 1980s, Uhuru worked as a waiter at Burger King, a chain restaurant in the US.

At one point, he went into farming fulltime and started importing horticulture aided by a pick up he had purchased before joining politics.

 His presidency began on 9 April 2013 after being sworn in as the 4th president, succeeding Mwai Kibaki. He is currently serving a second term in the office.

 The Mastercard Foundation seeks to help 30 million young people across Africa secure dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

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