14 November 2018
World News

The dull visit of former US President Barrack Obama in Kenya 2018

Everything was set for the arrival of the former US president Barrack Obama to Kenya his ancestral home on 15th July 2018. However, this time around things were entirely different from his previous visit in 2015.
It was more of a hushed reception as there was no shutdown of many sections of the roads and there was no public holiday too. Former US president Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on 15st July 2018. Since Obama had declared that it was a private visit, he entered quietly to the extent that some security officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport didn’t notice he had already landed and left the airport.
There was no media excitement at the airport as most journalists were blocked from reaching the JKIA entrance. President Obama’s plane arrived in Kenya at precisely 1.pm on that day. His sister Maya Soetoro-NG, her family some staff of the Obama foundation accompanied him.
His sister Auma Obama, and CS Foreign Affairs Monica Juma were among those who welcomed him on his arrival. President Obama headed straight to statehouse where he met Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta. His meeting was private, and journalists were not able to cover what they had discussed with the president of Kenya.
Later, Obama met the ODM leader Raila Odinga, and the details of their meeting were not disclosed too.
On 16th July 2018, Obama went to his home county in Siaya, a place called Kogello where he launched a youth center before heading to South Africa on 17th July 2018. The Youth Centre is a project called Sauti kuu (Powerful voices) foundation of sports and vocational training center.

Kenyans are thrilled to have the former’s US president back home, even though his trip is more private. Obama is expected to leave for South Africa where he will be delivering the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture.

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Dorine Otinga
Dorine Otinga is a passionate freelance writer with over five years experience in writing. She studied Bachelor of Education Arts in Egerton University majoring in Linguistics. During her free time, she teaches Swahili to those who would love to visit Africa. Her blog is thegoldenwriter.com

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