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Luo elders want to bless Obama when he visits Kenya in July

25 May 2015, 15:41 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - The Luo Council of Elders and a section of religious leaders from the Nyanza region now want to be among those who will welcome President Barrack Obama when he visits the country in July.

The council members led by the chairman, Willis Opiyo Otondi and religious leaders led by Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede, said they will write to the USA Ambassador to Kenya requesting to be part of President Obama’s itinerary.

Speaking in Kogello village at the home of Mama Sarah Obama, the leaders said they should be part of the team to welcome Obama whether he visits Kogello or end his itinerary in Nairobi.

"Our purpose of wanting to be included in the programme is to give traditional blessings to President Obama because he traces his roots to this region," said Luo Council of Elders Chairman, Willis Otondi.

On his part, Bishop Ogonyo Ngede of Power of Jesus Around the World Ministries said the church also felt obliged to give President Obama spiritual blessings.

They said it would be odd if President Obama came to Kenya and people from his ancestry failed to reach him.

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