Michelle, Malia Obama snub disappoints Kenyans
23 July 2015, 13:51
Nairobi - Kenyans are deeply disappointed by the news that US President Barrack Obama will not travel to the country with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia.
State House Nairobi has confirmed that Obama will not visit the country with the three, with the exact reason for them missing the hugely anticipated trip still not yet clear.
Many had expected that the visit by Obama will be a homecoming of sorts but that has been dampened by the news, with Kenyans interviewed by News24 of the opinion that it dilutes Obama's arrival.
" It spoils it to an extent. We expected to see him here with his family and the fact that they will not come spoils it," Justus Ongiri an IT engineer said.
" It is a homecoming for him as President. How would you feel if your long lost brother arrived home from far away without his wife and children?," he posed.
Oliver Okoth, a newspaper vendor in Nairobi also felt that it was a bad move by Obama, saying that it shows he disrespects Kenya.
" It is wrong. This is his homeland whether he likes it or not. If he shows us that he cannot come here with his family then it shows that he does not care about this place," he believes.
" All of us were looking forward to seeing the happy family but not it has been spoilt," he added.
For Annabel Mwihaki a beautician, she will miss out on seeing three well dressed ladies offering the latest fashion trends to the country's ladies.
" Michelle Obama is one of the best dressed personalities in the world. I was looking forward to seeing how she dresses for the three days," she quips.
" Her children too are beautifully dressed and so we ladies will miss out on that," she added.
As for Charles Njoroge though, the fact that the three will not be coming will stop Kenyans talking about Malia and her local marriage prospects.
" At-least we will miss out on the sideshows that would have been created over Malia Obama. It was ridiculous reading about grown men wanting to marry a 17 year old," he states.
A number of Kenyans have in recent times declared interest in marrying Malia Obama, and her arrival in the country was expected to have accelerated interest; now in vain it seems.
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