Chauffer Recounts How Uhuru Twice Fought in School

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jomo Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and former President the late Jomo Kenyatta (right) posing for a photo.
  • James Kihara Kibe, a former police officer who was once President Uhuru Kenyatta's chauffer in his early life, has revealed the advice founding President Jomo Kenyatta issued to the current Head of State after he was involved in a fight in school.

    Kibe who is now retired, resides in Githunguri, Kiambu County recalled in an interview with NTV on Sunday, September 13, the escapades of a young Uhuru when he used to pick and drop him from school.

    The retired serviceman recounted how Uhuru got involved in a fight at the St Mary's School twice and how he encouraged him to report the incident to his father, Jomo Kenyatta, who was president at the time.

    Mzee Jomo Kenyatta pictured with his family at their Gatundu home
    Mzee Jomo Kenyatta pictured with his family at their Gatundu home
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    "I used to pick him in the morning and dropped him at St Mary's in Lavington. We used to call the area St. Austin, I did that for six years.

    "I remember one day, one boy fought him. I told him to go tell his father. Mzee asked him 'you are being beaten, are you a woman?' he then beat him the following day," he explained.

    Kibe added that the second fight between Uhuru and his school mate was serious that it caught the attention of teachers in the school.

    Uhuru joined St Mary’s School, Nairobi when he was barely six years old and attended classes at the institution until he completed his ‘A’ levels.

    In October 2019 as the school marked its 80th anniversary, Uhuru recalled what he referred to as "days of terror" when they assembled every Friday to learn from the school headteacher whether they were in the list of those to face disciplinary measures.

    "Back then, the headteacher would stand up there and he looked like a god. But it was not as bad as those taken by some of us. The likes of Tony Munene, who is smiling here, would get six of the best," he stated.

    John Kang'ethe, who was part of Jomo Kenyatta's presidential escort team pleaded for help from the president and detailed how he used to ferry Harry Thuku's wife.

    "I'm proud of working with the Kenyatta's, Mbiyu's and Harry Thuku because Thuku used to send his wife to Kenyatta and tell him to provide a doctor to tend to her. 

    "Right now he cannot remember me, he remembers those he was with. I do not think he can remember me, I would ask him to remember the elderly like me and those who have been presidential escorts who got nothing from Mzee Kenyatta," he noted.

    Billionaire Gerald Gikonyo (right) receives an award from President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.
    Billionaire Gerald Gikonyo (right) receives an award from President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.
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    "Right now he cannot remember me, he remembers those he was with, I do not think he can remember me, I would ask him to remember the elderly like me and those who have been presidential escorts who got nothing from Mzee Kenyatta," noted Kang'ethe.