Kenya’s fast progress impresses President Obama
Written by: George Kalisa
Monday, July 16th, 2018, 7:24
Former US President Barack Obama has today said that Kenya has made amazing strides in her development which should be a source of inspiration to the Kenyan youth and Africans in general.
Obama who was much livelier as he shared light moments with his relatives and folks in the birth place of his late father of K’Ogelo in Siaya County said that Kenya is part of an emergent in Africa, local media reported.
“What we are seeing in Kenya is part of an emergent, more self-confident Africa,” observed Obama.
“Kenya has made extraordinary strides in the recent decades. This should inspire young Kenyans to make even greater progress,” he added.
Obama remarked while addressing delegates at the inauguration ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre (Foundation Project) in K’Ogelo where security has been beefed up.
The son of the Kenyan soils called on the youths to hold leaders accountable, stressing the importance of creating a safer place for youths as the Continent strives to harness their potential for development.
“It's going to be their voices (the young people) that are going to determine whether our leaders are held accountable or not,” noted Obama.
“Here we can create a safe place for young people to come together,” observed President Obama.
Blood is thicker than water they say. Obama danced to the tune of the traditional amid loud cheering from the local Luo-speaking dominated crowd. He was flanked by his sister Auma Obama and Mama Sarah and he noted that the work of her sister was a source of pride to the Obama family.
“I could not be prouder of what my sister has accomplished. It makes all of us who are Obamas, or claim to be Obamas, extremely proud - Barack Obama.
Obama met Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga in the Kenyan capital Nairobi though details on their meeting could not be available at press time.
However, analysts in the region say the discussion between the two could have dwelt on the unity of Kenyans, which grossly suffered and cracked during the post-election period after Raila Odinga had lost for the fourth time, relinquishing his hope to become Kenya’s President.