Kisumu County Government Issues Statement on Barrack Obama's Visit

  • Kisumu County Minister for Tourism, Sports, Arts and Culture Achie Alai on Wednesday issued a press statement where she outlined the various stops former United States President Barrack Obama will make during his visit to Kenya.

    According to the minister, President Obama will have a 10-minute meeting with Governor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o as soon as he arrives in the county.

    The former US president will then proceed to Kogelo where he will spend most of the day on Monday, July 16, 2018.

    "We know that the president will be here with us on Monday and will spend about ten minutes in a meeting with Governor Anyang' Nyong'o.

    [caption caption="Kisumu County Minister for Tourism Achie Alai addresses tourism stakeholders forum at the Royal Swiss Hotel on June 25, 2018"][/caption]

    "Thereafter, he will depart for Kogelo and will return much later in the day to catch his flight to South Africa and again Governor Anyang' Nyong'o will be present to see him off," she stated.

    Ms Alai went on to convey that residents of Kisumu county will be able to follow the events through a live stream that will be aired at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground and at the Acacia Hotel.

    "It is a private family event, therefore the government will not be taking a heavy role and we must respect the family. Dr Auma Obama's has requested privacy to have their brother visit with them and the residents of Kisumu will give them that," she added while noting that logistics will be coordinated in conjunction with the county government of Siaya.

    Deputy Governor Matthews Owili reiterated the anticipation within the ranks of government urging business people to take advantage of the opportunities it presented.

    "I want to send a passionate plea to the business community in Kisumu and within the Lake Region Economic Bloc to come out and make real capital of this important visit of His Excellency Barrack Obama.

    "The strides we've made in the last one year are a proved testimony that indeed yes Kisumu can! Karibu Kenya, karibu Kisumu, karibu nyumbani," Dr Owili urged.

    [caption caption="President Uhuru, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta host former President Barrack Obama and his half-sister Dr Auma Obama during an evening event in Nairobi in July 2018"][/caption]