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We haven’t burnt Obama’s tree, says UoN student leader

23 July 2015, 21:49 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - University of Nairobi students’ leader Babu Owino has dismissed reports that a tree US President Barack Obama planted at the institution in 2006 had been burnt.

Babu who is the chairman of the Students Organization of Nairobi Unuversity (SONU) said the reports were rumours aimed at tarnishing the good name of the institution.

"No tree has been burnt at the University of Nairobi. A tree was burnt at Technical University of Kenya during students' demonstration against the Engineering Regulation Board for failing to accredit the institution's engineering courses.

"We are very peaceful at UoN and welcome President Obama," Owino said.

Last week, Owino wrote a letter to the US ambassador in Kenya, saying some UoN students had threatened to commit suicide and even burn the tree he planted when he visited the institution in 2006, if he does not visit the institution during his planned visit to Kenya.

However President Uhuru Kenyatta rubbished Owino's demands saying Obama was free to visit any university in Kenya, not necessarily the University of Naiorbi.

Reports indicate that Obama will give a public lecture at Kenyatta University (KU). 

US military aircrafts landed at the institution's grounds, a clear indication that chances of Obama paying a visit to the institution are high.

Obama jets into the country on Friday to open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

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