Obama: The only man who could humble Kenyan politicians
26 July 2015, 18:05
Nairobi - It was the stuff of dreams, like the scene out of a fictional film. Kenyan politicians taking a long trek just to see US President Barack Obama. Truth be told, only he could make them.
Over 9,000 people made it here to the Safaricom Arena to listen to Obama's speech. Nearly 500 were Kenyan MP's, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors and Senators.
As a security requirement by the US Secret Service, no vehicles were allowed in close proximity of the indoor arena and thus it meant that the politicians, so used to being handed red carpet treatment had to trek as long as 2 kilometers to get to the venue.
None of them though, complained.
" I do not mind walking. I am young and anyway, this is a historic day for the country and I would not want to miss it," Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, so used to controversy told News24.
Others looked tired from the long walk but could manage a smile at journalists.
For some, the joy of seeing Kenya's son, who ruled the world do what he does best, speak to audiences live and for free was not an opportunity to be missed.
" I would not miss it for anything," Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kpchumba Murkomen confessed.
For some locals, lucky enough to get to listen to Obama from such close quarters, it was day they would never forget.
" This is a day I will talk about to my children. It is a great great honour," Joel Rombigia, an attendee to the speech told News24.
" It was also good to see politicians cast aside their usual mannerisms and come here and join us Kenyans in this great event and some of them walked long distances," he added.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was glad to host Obama.
" As you have seen, this weekend has been great and I thank all those who have made this possible for doing so. I am totally grateful and happy to be here," he said.
Only for Obama, many who spoke to News24 said. Very few other men in the world can have the effect he had.
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