Obama arrives in Kenya for family visit

Obama arrives in Kenya for family visit

Obama arrives in Kenya for family visit

As much as Obama said that Kenya's new constitution was good news and that there is a new spirit of investment and entreprenuership, he added that "we know that real progress depends on addressing the challenges that remain".

Another issue that has got Kenya's talking is the report in Tanzanian newspapers that Mr Obama and his family spent eight days in the famous Serengeti National Park before travelling to Kenya.

On her part, Dr Auma Obama said that the programs to be implemented in Siaya county are likely to be spread further acroos different parts of Kenya.

Opening a school in his father's home village of Kogelo in western Kenya, Obama praised a rapprochement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga but said they must do more to heal the rifts between Kenya's 40-odd ethnic groups. In 2006, he angered the government of President Mwai Kibaki when he gave a talk about corruption at the University of Nairobi.

On Monday, he'll attend the inauguration of a sports and vocational center founded by his sister, Auma Obama.

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"President Obama looks forward to meeting these emerging leaders for the first time, hearing about the extraordinary work they are doing across Africa, and discussing how the Obama Foundation can support their civic leadership development", said Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the former President.

Obama's current visit to Kenya is low key, unlike his previous trips where he electrified thousands of Kenyans who lined the streets to see him.

Obama did not have a close relationship with his economist father, who left when he was just two and soon returned to Kenya.

"It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. In the bus, there were some chickens on my lap and some sweet potatoes digging into my side", said Obama to the amusement of his audience.

Later on Obama will be leaving for South Africa where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

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