Obama will not go to Kogelo, says US
17 July 2015, 14:32
Nairobi - US President Barrack Obama will not go to his ancestral home Kogelo during his visit to Kenya, the US Embassy in Kenya has said.
US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said Friday that Obama's visit will be limited only to Nairobi where he is expected to open the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit next weekend.
There had been hopes that Obama would travel to the village of his father's birth and final resting place during his stay but Godec says that it will not happen.
" The President has a very tight itinerary and unfortunately will not be able to make it to Kogelo," he said.
His grandmother Sarah Obama had earlier said that she would make a nice meal for the US President when he arrives in the country but now it seems it will be in vain.
" He will eat whatever I make for him when he comes," she said last month.
The US President in a speech Thursday had stated his wish to have come to Kenya as a private citizen, stating that arrival in the country as President is a logistical nightmare.
" Unfortunately coming as President presents logistical issues," he had said.
Obama will be in the country from 24-26 July to open the Global Summit.
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