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Obama’s visit an inspiration to Kenya’s economy, Senators say

24 July 2015, 11:49 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Senators have expressed optimism to US President Barack Obama’s visit as an inspiration to Kenya’s economic and political growth.

Siaya Senator, James Orengo who moved a motion in the Senate on Obama’s forthcoming visit challenged leaders in the country to emulate Obama’s legacy in ascending to power by embracing humbleness and rising beyond tribal politics.

“This country should embrace our ethnic diversity to realize positive change by leaders being elected basing on the aspirant’s qualities to transform lives and economy like the Americans did in electing Obama from the minority black-Americans,” said Orengo.

He said although Obama is coming at a time of terror threats, corruption affecting the country and bad economic situation among others, he said Kenyans should remain determined in unity for the country’s better economy.

Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula said Obama has achieved milestone legacy worldwide to be emulated and that his visit is not intended to sanitize anyone but for the betterment of the country.

“President Obama’s vist should be viewed as an opportunity to showcase Kenya for stronger ties with US for economic growth of the country and the East African economies at large. He should speak about corruption affecting our country and insecurity because these challenges are there,” said Wetang’ula.

He warned the Jubilee administrating against propagating tribalism in public appointments and corruption by prosecuting public officers implicated in graft selectively.

Senate Majority Leader, Kithure Kindiki lauded Obama for visiting the country and termed him a believer in Kenya’s democracy and economic growth for allowing the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to take place in the country.

Kindiki warned that mixed reaction both negative and positive on the country’s well-being between the opposition and government to Obama’s visit portrays a bad picture to the international economic partners.

“We should be people who see hope in our country and opposition leaders should not be hypocritical that there is massive corruption under Jubilee administration because they are not in government yet mega-scandals happened during their time when in past governments,” said Kindiki.

Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama said Obama’s visit is a crucial time for the country to evaluate it gains and losses to its economic growth.

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