Obama in Kenya for launch of sister’s sports center

Nelson and Winnie Mandela leaving Verster Prison near Cape Town 27 years after he was jailed

The Associated Press reported that the former president had arrived in Kenya, where his late father was born.

Known as the Sauti Kuu Foundation, it will be a sports facility and vocational training centre.

Immediately after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mr Obama's motorcade headed straight to State House to a meeting with President Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials.

Obama previously visited Kenya in 2006, while he was still a US senator from IL and again in 2015 during his tenure in the White House, but never lived there.

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


While welcoming the 44th US President in Kenya Sunday afternoon, President Kenyatta thanked Mr Obama for keeping his promise to visit the country after his service as US president. 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.

After his two-day stay in Kenya Obama will go to South Africa where he will give a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Obama and his guests will attend the launch of Sauti Kuu, his half-sister Auma Obama's NGO for youth empowerment, in Kogelo, Siaya County (Western Kenya) on Monday.

It is his first visit to Kenya since leaving office.

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