Uhuru's Childhood Driver Opens Up on His Kind Acts [VIDEO]

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has become synonymous for his kind deeds with his former driver, Mugo Karuga opening up on his acts of compassion.

    Karuga was one of the drivers that chauffeured Uhuru to and from St Mary's School in Lavington, Nairobi, to State House as his father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was president at the time.

    The chauffeur revealed that Uhuru used to enjoy school holiday breaks and had a normal play life just like other children with tricks sometimes coming into fore.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jomo Kenyatta
    Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and former President the late Jomo Kenyatta (right) posing for a photo.

    Uhuru was so fond of Karuga that he used to ensure he was well fed and was served with decent meals by the cooks in State House.

    During school holidays, Karuga says he was handed a break from his driving duties and would assume work at the gates of State House.

    Karuga recalled one of the most profound acts a young Uhuru did when children came to perform for the first family.

    "He saw that the children were barefoot but afterward, he ordered one of his assistants to buy all the students and teachers shoes at the Bata Shoe Store in Thika.

    "He is full of compassion and even now we can see that with some of his acts, he never wanted to see anyone suffering," he explained.

    Karuga joined the police force in 1966 and was promoted to the Presidential Escort Squad in 1972 where he interacted with a young Uhuru almost on a daily basis.

    He is now retired and practices farming in his one-acre plot in Gatundu, Kiambu County, growing coffee, tea, macadamia and subsistence crops.

    Karuga now hopes he can meet the President and recount the good old memories that they shared together.

    "I would like to meet him one day, that would make me so happy because he is my friend and we shared a lot together.

    "Even if it's visiting him to have a good conversation full of laughter and remember what he used to do when he was young," he prayed.

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