Former President Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister’s project

Saul Bowman
July 16, 2018

Obama and his guests will attend the launch of Sauti Kuu, his half-sister Auma Obama's NGO for youth empowerment, in Kogelo, Siaya County (Western Kenya) on Monday.

Former US president Barack Obama paid a visit to his extended family in Kenya Monday, on his first trip to the country since 2015 during which he will open a youth centre.

"So what we see here in Kenya is all part of an emergence of a more confident, more self-reliant Africa".

"It means rooting out the corruption, it means no longer seeing different ethnicities as enemies and rivals rather as allies and seeing diversity of tribes not as a weakness but as a strength", Obama noted.

"I am very unhappy with the issue of police chasing us from here, at least he (Obama) could have waved to us", said Julius Owino, a student at Senator Obama Secondary school.

On Sunday, upon arrival in Kenya, Obama paid a courtesy visit to President Uhuru Kenyatta and later held a separate meeting with opposition leader, Raila Odinga. The government spokesman responded calling him "an inexperienced young man who could not teach Kenya how to manage its affairs". Who searched Obama when he was getting to state house? Rasanga said he will ask Obama to help develop a university to be called President Barack Obama University. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas. He barely knew his father for whom he was named, Barack Obama, an economist. In May, 54 people, mostly civil servants, were charged in an investigation into the theft of almost $100 million of public funds from the state-run National Youth Service. "Everybody is a cousin", Obama said in jest.

Obama will travel to South Africa on Tuesday, where he will deliver remarks to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

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