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Jomo Kenyatta
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World Leader
    (circa 1894-August 22, 1978)
    Born in Ngenda, Kenya
    Birth name was Kamau wa Muigai
    Wrote 'Facing Mount Kenya' (1938), 'Suffering Without Bitterness' (1968) and 'Kenya: The Land of Conflict' (1971)
    Elected president of the Kenya Africa Union (1947)
    Imprisoned by the British colonial government (1953-61)
    First President of independent Kenya (1963-78)
    Grand-uncle of guitarist Tom Morello
    He changed his name to John Peter, then Johnstone Kamau, and finally Jomo Kenyatta.
    He gradually turned Kenya into a one-party state.
    He amended the constitution to expand his powers as president.
    He favored fellow members of his Kikuyu tribe in government appointments.
    His political opponents had a tendency to get murdered or die in suspicious accidents.
    He supported female circumcision.
    He was convicted of leading the anti-British Mau Mau rebellion even though the only witness against him admitted to perjury.
    After becoming president, he adopted a program of conciliation to white settlers in Kenya.
    He said, 'I have no intention of retaliating or looking backwards. We are going to forget the past and look forward to the future.'
    He rejected calls by socialists to nationalize property.
    To promote national unity, he named Daniel arap Moi, a member of the Kalenjin tribe, as vice-president.

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