Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Barack Obama returns to Kenyan 'home'

Barack Obama returns to Kenyan 'home'

On Monday, Obama will fly to Kisumu, Kenya, and drive about 44 miles to his late father's home village of Kogelo, Siaya County, the AP reported.

But security men are leaving nothing to chance as they protect the 44th USA president, who spent eight days on holiday at the Serengeti National Park in neighbouring Tanzania before jetting into Kenya.

President Kenyatta congratulated the former United States president for establishing the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become agents of change in Africa.

They held a brief family meeting before the former U.S. leader headed to open Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, the multi-million-shilling youth centre built by his half-sister Auma Obama. The visit marks Obama's first time visiting the country since leaving office past year. "Though the roads may not be closed, there will be limited access only to those who have been accredited by the family".

Former US President Barack Obama on Sunday evening met NASA leader Raila Odinga at Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands.

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.

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Obama announced the trip on social media last week.

Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle take a group photo with rangers at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Then, it was a state visit since he was a serving US President.

Former President Obama is in Kenya to help launch a sports and training center established by his half-sister.

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.

This tour pales in comparison to his last visit in 2015.

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