List of heads of state of Kenya

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This is a list of the heads of state of Kenya from the independence of Kenya in 1963 to the present day.

From 1963 to 1964 the head of state under the Kenya Independence Act 1963 was the Queen, Elizabeth II, who was also the monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch was represented in Kenya by a Governor-General. Kenya became a republic under the Constitution of 1964 and the monarch and Governor-General were replaced by an executive President.

Monarch (1963–1964)[edit]

The succession was the same as the succession to the British throne.

Queen Reign Royal House Prime Minister(s)
Portrait Name
Start End Duration
1 Queen Elizabeth II - 1953-Dress.JPG Elizabeth II
12 December 1963 12 December 1964 1 year House of Windsor Kenyatta


Standard of the Governor-General of Kenya

The Governor-General was the representative of the monarch in Kenya and exercised most of the powers of the monarch. The Governor-General was appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the monarch. After the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Governor-General was appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Kenya without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.

  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General Term of Office Monarch Prime Minister(s)
Portrait Name
Took Office Left Office Duration
1 Malcolm MacDonald cropped.jpg Malcolm MacDonald
12 December 1963 12 December 1964 1 year Elizabeth II Kenyatta

President of Kenya[edit]

Under the 1964 constitution of the Republic of Kenya, the President replaced the monarch as executive head of state. The President was elected by Parliament for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy the Deputy President served as Acting President.

  Denotes Deputy President acting as President
President Term of office Political party
(at time of election)
Portrait Name
Took office Left office Duration
1 Jomo Kenyatta.jpg Jomo Kenyatta
12 December 1964 22 August 1978
(Died in Office)
13 years, 253 days Kenya African National Union
2 Daniel arap Moi 1979b.jpg Daniel arap Moi
22 August 1978 8 November 1978 24 years, 130 days Kenya African National Union
8 November 1978 30 December 2002
3 Mwai Kibaki.jpg Mwai Kibaki
30 December 2002 9 April 2013 10 years, 100 days National Rainbow Coalition
(until 2007)
(3) Party of National Unity
4 Uhuru Kenyatta Official.jpg Uhuru Kenyatta
9 April 2013 Incumbent (mandate expires 9 April 2018) 3 years, 143 days
(as of 30 August 2016)
Jubilee Alliance

Living former heads of state[edit]

Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Elizabeth II 1963–1964 Queen of Kenya (1926-04-21) April 21, 1926 (age 90)
Daniel arap Moi 1978–2002 President of Kenya (1924-09-02) September 2, 1924 (age 91)
Mwai Kibaki 2002–2013 President of Kenya (1931-11-15) November 15, 1931 (age 84)

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