Good education has potential to harness leadership qualities
SEE ALSO :Uproar over varsities bid to hike feesMoreover, because there were many international students, Uhuru understood how to interact with people from abroad. This has certainly helped him as he has become a major player on the global scene and has placed Kenya firmly on the diplomatic map. Nevertheless, perhaps the greatest skill he learned at St Mary’s School was that despite being the son of the then-Kenyan President, Jomo Kenyatta, he was never allowed to feel differently from the other boys nor shown any preference by the administrators, teachers or his own family. Uhuru, it seems, was subject to exactly the same rules and punishments as every other student. He kept the same hours and no doors were especially opened for him. There was no special privilege given to the young Kenyatta and this perhaps gave him the impetus to excel. In fact, it is reported that he did so well that Mwai Kibaki, who at that time was the Vice President, had the honour of presenting an award to Uhuru for being the best ‘A’ level history student.
SEE ALSO :Schools hit hard by rising utility billsFrom here we can see clearly why Uhuru has placed as high on his agenda the eradication of corruption and graft. He was strongly educated, both at home and at school, to believe one has to earn what they receive and not take what is not theirs. His determination to attempt such an ambitious plan as the Big Four stems from an education where he had to be determined to succeed and that nothing good will come easily, but only through strong effort. Uhuru’s historic handshake with Opposition leader Raila Odinga is indicative of a man who as a little boy had to find common cause with others of varying backgrounds, beliefs and ideologies. Put simply, if it was not clear before that Uhuru did not inherit either the presidency or his leadership qualities directly from his father, the stories of young Uhuru Kenyatta at school paint a picture of someone who was destined to lead. Just as St Mary’s School left a mark on Uhuru Kenyatta, so Uhuru Kenyatta is determined and destined to leave an indelible mark on Kenya and far beyond. Mr Maore is the Igembe North Member of Parliament
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