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.
The succession was the same as the succession to the British throne.
|Queen||Reign||Royal House||Prime Minister(s)|
|12 December 1963||12 December 1964||1 year||House of Windsor||Kenyatta|
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.
|Governor-General||Term of Office||Monarch||Prime Minister(s)|
|Took Office||Left Office||Duration|
|12 December 1963||12 December 1964||1 year||Elizabeth II||Kenyatta|
President of Kenya
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.
|President||Term of office||Political party
(at time of election)
|Took office||Left office||Duration|
|12 December 1964||22 August 1978
(Died in Office)
|13 years, 253 days||Kenya African National Union|
|2||Daniel arap Moi
|22 August 1978||8 November 1978||24 years, 130 days||Kenya African National Union|
|8 November 1978||30 December 2002|
|30 December 2002||9 April 2013||10 years, 100 days||National Rainbow Coalition
|(3)||Party of National Unity|
|9 April 2013||Incumbent (mandate expires 9 April 2018)||
3 years, 143 days|
(as of 30 August 2016)
Living former heads of state
|Name||Term/Reign||Office||Date of birth|
|Elizabeth II||1963–1964||Queen of Kenya||April 21, 1926|
|Daniel arap Moi||1978–2002||President of Kenya||September 2, 1924|
|Mwai Kibaki||2002–2013||President of Kenya||November 15, 1931|