Uhuru's two gifts for Obama in State House meeting

16 July, 2018, 10:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
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President Kenyatta sought to assure the former President of the support of all African leaders in scaling up youth programmes under the Obama Foundation.

The former USA president arrived in Kenya yesterday to open a charity set up by his half-sister, Auma Obama, in the village where their father grew up, 250 miles northwest of Nairobi in Kogelo, Siaya county.

On Monday, he will leave Nairobi for his ancestral home in K'Ogelo in Siaya County to preside over the commissioning of a project by his half sister, Dr Auma Obama.

This visit is expected to be low key in the capital Nairobi unlike his previous visits where he electrified hundreds of Kenyans who lined the streets to see him as a senator in 2006 and then as president 2015.

Immediately after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mr Obama's motorcade headed straight to State House to a meeting with President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials.

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The Associated Press reported that the former president had arrived in Kenya, where his late father was born. Obama's meeting with Raila focused on the Building Bridges Initiative of President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, youth empowerment and education, and Kenya's efforts to bring peace to South Sudan.

"Thank you Former President of USA Barack Obama for visiting and making a long stay of 8 days to our handsome country Tanzania", said Mr Msigwa in his twitter post. "Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home", he said.

The former U.S. president is also expected to hold talks with the former prime minister Raila Odinga during his tour to Luo Nyanza on Monday.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o receiveed the ex-president at the airport.

There are just handful journalists who have been accredited to cover the event in Siaya before Obama leaves for South Africa where he is expected to lead Nelson Mandela celebrations.

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