Former US President Barrack Obama is expected in Kenya on July 16, 2018, State House has confirmed.
Obama will be in the country for only 24 hours before proceeding to South Africa where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
In her maiden media briefing, Deputy State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to give Obama’s itinerary in due course.
The former US president Obama is expected to be accompanied by more than 350 celebrities and dignitaries.
Oprah Winfrey, an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist is expected to be part of the team accompanying Obama.
The dignitaries are drawn from the business community in the United States. Kanze Dena said that the visit is expected to create jobs for Kenyan youth’s, improve innovations and improve the US-Kenya economic ties.
Obama is expected to have talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta in State House before visiting his relatives K’Ogelo in Siaya County.
Earlier this month, locals in K’Ogelo village were preparing to welcome him home. The residence said a team from US embassy had visited the area, Senator Barrack Obama Secondary School, Mama Sarah Obama’s home and Sauti Kuu Foundation.
The Sauti Kuu Foundation is associated by Obama’s sister, Auma Obama.
In his second coming he will visit his relatives in K’Ogelo. He is also expected to open a Youth Resource Centre in Nyang’oma that was established by Sauti Kuu Foundation.
President Uhuru will tomorrow attend an Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deputy State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said the IGAD meeting will arbitrate for peace in South Sudan.