President Kenyatta Gifts Barack Obama at State House

  • Former US President Barack Obama who last visited Kenya in July 2015 has fulfilled his pledge that he would return after completing his term as president.

    President Kenyatta thanked Obama for keeping his promise of visiting the country and the establishment of the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become the agents of change that the African continent needs.

    President Kenyatta who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials assured the former US head of state that he could count on the support of all African leaders to scale-up youth programs under the Sauti Kuu foundation.

    [caption caption="Former US President Barack Obama receives books from President Kenyatta at State House on Sunday (PHOTO/Courtesy)"][/caption]

    President Kenyatta gifted the former US President with two books on Kenya’s youth and success stories in the last 50 years.

    The literary works are; Aspirations of a generation, youth of Kenya and Kenya at 50.

    In July 2015, Obama when serving as US President could not take gifts directly from State House.

    President Kenyatta had collected two portraits done by pencil artist Collins Okello and a sculpture of an elephant that he presented as gifts to the former US president.

    The two portraits together with the elephant sculpture are said to be worth Kshs.300,000.

    POTUS rules require that gifts must first be cleared by the department in charge of gifts to the head of state and other state officers.

    The Sauti Kuu Foundation to be launched in Siaya County comprises of a Sports Centre and, Resource and Vocational Training Centre run by Obama’s sister Dr. Auma Obama.

    After officiating the launch of the foundation and visiting his ancestral home in Alego Nyang’oma of Siaya County, Obama will proceed to South Africa where he is expected to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.
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