Coming to Kenya tough as President, Obama says
16 July 2015, 15:57
Nairobi - US President Barrack Obama says that visiting Kenya as President will be tough in terms of logistics and wishes he would come as a private citizen.
Obama in a statement from the Whit House Thursday, said he is looking forward to visiting the country of his father's birth next week, during which he will attend and open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
He stated that he knew coming to the country as a private citizen would have been better but that he knew the country would gain more from the visit if he came as president.
" I will be honest with you, I can actually get outside of the hotel room or a conference centre without security," he said.
He also said that he knew the logistics of arrival in the country as President would make his visit harder to manage.
" The logistics of visiting a place are always tough as President, but it is obviously symbolically important," he added.
Obama will be in the country from July 25 and 26.
He said he would ensure he makes it clear that the US is Kenya's and the continent's partner in the long run.
" My hope is that we can deliver a message that the US is a strong partner not just for Kenya, but for sub-Saharan Africa generally, and build on the progress that has been made around issues of health and education," he said.
He also said that he would address issues of corruption and democracy in the country.
" The US will continue to encourage democracy and the reduction of the corruption that has sometimes held back this incredibly gifted and blessed country."
Obama's visit to Kenya is set to be the key destination in his tour to Africa. He will also visit Ethiopia.
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