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Mixed reactions from Kenyans over Obama visit

24 July 2015, 10:30 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Nyeri County residents have expressed mixed opinions over the visit by USA President Barrack Obama to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Some residents saw the visit as a blessing to the business community while others expressed suspicion that he will push for the recognition of gay rights.

Mary Njambi, a Karatina resident said the visit would boost the confidence of foreign investors with the country as a business hub.

She said the tourism sector which has been crimpling due toinsecurity, will also be boosted.

“The US government should help Kenya  in tackling Alshabaab,” said Njambi.

James Kamau, A Nyeri town resident said security should be top agenda in Obama’s address.

“After the visit Kenya should expect more investors in every sector,” said Kamau.

Some however expressed reservation as to whether Obama would push for the aforementioned gay rights, saying he should steer clear of the matter which President Uhuru Kenyatta has so far termed a “non-issue.”

Jane Nyokabi said same sex marriages are against Christian values and African culture and should not feature anywhere in his agenda, while Ann Wangui termed it an abomination and asked Obama to focus on development issues.

Nyokabi at the same time maintained that President Obama is a son of this nation, noting that the entire nation stands to benefit from his visit and not just one community.

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