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Obama in Kenya for launch of sister’s sports center

Obama in Kenya for launch of sister’s sports center”

Former U.S President, Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on Sunday for his visit that will also include launching a vocational centre in his late father's ancestral county.

After landing in the capital, Obama met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's twitter account.

Before that Obama is scheduled to inaugurate his half-sister Auma Obama's Sauti Kuu Foundation.

The meeting was also attended by Obama's step-sister Auma Obama, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and Raila's youngest daughter Winnie Odinga. 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.

Mr Obama made the promise when he last visited Kenya in 2015. He was born in Hawaii and spent much of his childhood in Indonesia. At JKIA, media crew who arrived before the former president touched down, were blocked at the entrance and only spotted his convoy snaking out of the airport off to State House.

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

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".

This week, I'm traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving.

Later today Mr Obama will fly to Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the 100th anniverary of the birth of South Africa's first democratically elected president, and to set up his most significant global project as a former world leader.



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