October 23, 2018

White House Clarifies Issues Around Obama Visit

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By Calvin Osiemo

Officials from the White House have indicated that President of the United States of America Barrack Obama will be in the country for three days amidst earlier speculations that had indicated that he would only spend eight hours in Kenya. President Obama will be in the country to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit from 24th July 2015. There has been a debate raging over whether Presidents are allowed to attend the summit but the White House has clarified that regional presidents will attend the meeting as entrepreneurs but not as presidents of their respective countries.

“They said the presidents will steal unnecessary attention and divert the main agenda of the summit. The summit is for entrepreneurs to uplift the continent economically,” an anonymous source said.

The summit is expected to attract over 1,500 people. The summit is an initiative by the White House that aims at bringing together entrepreneurs and investors from around the world to display innovative projects that are meant to increase economic growth. Obama will be expected to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Friday evening of July 24th.

He is expected to grace the occasion on Saturday 25th and address the gathering before heading to the 1998 bomb blast site that was targeted at the American Embassy in Kenya. President Obama will later meet President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House where he shall meet various leaders and civil society groups before addressing the press.

It is not clear yet whether President Obama will visit his home village, K’Ogelo. However, there has been speculation that he might go to K’Ogelo on Sunday after his kin through their spokesman Malik Obama, wrote to the White House inviting the American President.

Kenyan authorities have said that traffic flow in the city will be affected during the visit by President Obama. The preparations for the visit began months ago and this is his first visit as the President of what many consider to be the most powerful nation in the world. He had made previous visits before as senator in 2006.

Not all is going smoothly though as a section of Kenyan leaders has warned President Obama against advocating for gay rights while in the country. Some of the leaders, including the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, have said same-sex marriage is not allowed in the country.

“Liberal thoughts are being entertained in some countries under the guise of human rights. We must be vigilant and guard against it. We must lead an upright society and not allow obnoxious behavior as we have a responsibility to protect our children.” said Mr. Muturi.

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