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Kogelo disappointed Obama will not visit

17 July 2015, 17:59 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The fact that US President Barrack Obama will not visit Kogelo village has not dampened the spirits of residents even though they are disappointed.

The US President had been expected to visit Kogelo,  the village of his father's ancestry during his visit to the country next weekend but those hopes were dashed by US Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec who said that Obama's itinerary is already full.

The news, though not very well received in the area has been taken with a measure of acceptance by locals and especially his grandmother Sarah Obama.

" It would have been nice for him to come but I understand that he is busy and maybe does not have the time because he is the President of the most powerful nation in the world," she told News24 on phone via a translator.

She also insinuated that Obama will miss out on a good meal when he comes to the country by not travelling to Kogelo.

" He will miss out on my good meal," she added.

Obama himself admitted that it would be tough to travel wherever he liked from a logistical point of view and residents in Kogelo, even though disappointed, agreed with the move.

" We understand that it is tough for him and we agree. We know that one day in future though, he will come back to say hallo," Okoth Omweri, a Kogelo resident told News24 on phone.

Obama will be in Kenya to open the 6th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which takes place 25-26 July in Nairobi.

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