* Position: Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
* Birthdate: October 26, 1961
* Date Appointed: January 2009
-- Kenyatta has overseen unprecedented spending on
infrastructure. In his budget speech for the fiscal year ending
in June, the finance minister allocated 182 billion shillings,
or 18 percent of the government's spending plan, for road,
railway and energy projects.
-- He has tried to implement some measure of austerity at
the Treasury with limited success. He suggested that ministers
and high ranking officials downgrade to vehicles with lower
engine capacities and mooted the idea that parliamentarians
should pay tax.
-- The son of Kenya's founding father Jomo Kenyatta, he was
named "Uhuru" for the Swahili word meaning freedom. He was born
in October, 1961, two years before Kenya gained independence
-- Kenyatta also serves as Kibaki's deputy prime minister in
Kenya's first coalition government. He ran for the country's
presidency, but lost to Kibaki in 2002.
-- Kenyatta has denied allegations that he is linked to a
local militia, the Mungiki, that has attacked supporters of a
rival political party, the Orange Democratic Movement. Mungiki
is a murderous, mafia-style gang that operates in Nairobi and
Central province, the heartland of the Kikuyus.
-- Last year, he was named as one of six Kenyans prosecutors
at the International Criminal Court (ICC) believe were behind
murderous post-election violence after the 2007 vote.
-- Kenyatta has said he is not worried about the ICC
process, and said it would not affect Kenyan markets or the
economy. He intends to run for the presidency in elections
scheduled for 2012.
-- Kenyatta's party backed Kibaki in the disputed 2007
election that led to the bloodshed.
(Writing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; editing by Philippa