The limelight shy eldest sister to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Christina Pratt Kenyatta met with AU Envoy Raila Odinga on Wednesday morning. The two are said to have held a three hour closed door meeting at Capitol Hill, where the media was not allowed access because neither of the two addressed the press. This visit by Pratt Kenyatta to Raila Odinga signifies the growing bond and trust between the two families which have been on the opposite sides of Kenyan politics for decades. Earlier this year, Muhoho Kenyatta, Uhuru’s younger brother was hosted by Raila Odinga in Bondo.
Christine Wambui Kenyatta, now Kristina Pratt, is the first child of Kenyatta with Mama Ngina, she was born in 1952. She is married to Victor Pratt with whom she has four children. Kristina has established many facilities for the disabled in Kenya and doubles up as an ambassador for the visually impaired.
Jomo Kenyatta was detained between 1953 and 1961 for his part in the organization of the Mau Mau movement, which explains the long hiatus before the arrival of Uhuru in 1961. Uhuru was the second child Kenyatta had with Mama Ngina and was named so to herald the coming of independence that was attained two years later.
He was a privileged child whose early life was spent at State House where Kenya’s Miss Uhuru, Elizabeth Mumbi (now Mrs. Madoka) cared for him and his younger siblings. He attended Saint Mary’s School in Nairobi, a Catholic institution where, according to records, he was an active member of the school’s rugby team.
Uhuru’s other brother, who is also close to Raila Odinga, Muhoho Kenyatta, was born in 1964 and operates the Kenyatta family’s vast business empire. They include the Heritage Hotels, Mediamax Group that owns K24 and the People Daily, Commercial Bank of Africa and Brookside Dairy, of which he is the executive chairman.
All the two siblings of President Uhuru Kenyatta have met Raila Odinga on a personal capacity, with Muhoho Kenyatta even spending a night at the Odinga’s home in Bondo.