Obama visits Kenya en route to SA

Obama visits Kenya en route to SA

Although Obama enjoys Secret Service security, most of the high profile dignitaries were frisked by civilian security guards from G4S.

President Kenyatta, who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials, assured Obama that he can count on the support of all African leaders to scale-up youth programs under his foundation.

Journalists at Pulse Live Kenya were also in agreement in their displeasure of the treatment accorded to the local leaders.

Former US President Barack Obama on Sunday held separate talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi.

"It means no longer seeing different ethnicities as enemies or rivals but rather as allies; in seeing the diversity of tribes not as a weakness but as a strength", Obama said. "I fell in love with her and even though I hadn't grown up with her I was determined to better understand the life of my father and that of his people", said Obama.

On Monday, he is expected to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation's Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre, and thereafter give a brief remark, before jetting out to South Africa.

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Thousands of Kenyans turned up in his ancestral home of Kogelo to see Obama but many could not get into the venue due to high security.

Supporters of former United States president Barack Obama wave U.S. flags in Kogelo, Kenya.

Sarah has become a celebrity in the village ever since the election, a role that the third wife of Barack's grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama seems to enjoy. "In fact he has developed the community through giving iron sheets for people to build their houses", he said.

Though Obama was born in Hawaii and never lived in Kenya, he previously visited the country in 2006, while he was a USA senator from IL. He barely knew his father for whom he was named, Barack Obama, an economist. "Everybody is a cousin", Obama said in jest.

Barack Obama will then leave Kogelo and head to South Africa where he will give a speech in honor of the late Nelson Mandela.

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