Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Obama dances with his grandmother on Kenya trip

Obama dances with his grandmother on Kenya trip

Odinga and Kenyatta on March 9 pledged to work together, ending months of turmoil following a disputed presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court and a rerun which the opposition boycotted. "Why are they barring us from seeing him?"

"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.

Obama announced the trip on social media last week.

Barack Obama visited his father's ancestral village in Kenya's south-western Siaya county on Monday and danced to some traditional music with his grandmother in his first visit to the country since leaving office.

Some of the guests who have already arrived in Kogelo for Mr Obama's function include South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mrs Ida Odinga, wife of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, and Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga.

Security was tight outside Sauti Kuu Resource Centre.

He jetted in the country on Sunday, July 16, afternoon for a two-day visit in Kenya where he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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At the meeting, President Kenyatta thanked Mr Obama for setting up his charitable foundation, which seeks to empower youth to become agents of change. Another group of reporters who arrived after Obama had left were however allowed in, only to be informed that the USA president was already on his way to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The former U.S. president also met with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

In a statement sent shortly after the meeting, the NASA leader stated: "It's always a great pleasure meeting with one of Kenya's most famous sons, President Barack Obama".

He will be in Kenya on Sunday and Monday before flying to South Africa for a series of events, primarily the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.

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

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