Former US President Barack Obama Meets Raila Odinga [PHOTOS]

  • Former US President Barack Obama on Sunday evening met NASA leader Raila Odinga at Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands.

    Obama who is in Nairobi for a two-day visit discussed several issues with Raila including the spirited fight against corruption and the "Building Bridges to a New Kenyan Nation" initiative.

    In a statement sent shortly after the meeting, the NASA leader stated: "It's always a great pleasure meeting with one of Kenya’s most famous sons, President Barack Obama".

    [caption caption="Obama, Raila, Auma, Winnie and Godec during the meeting"][/caption]

    According to Raila, Obama spoke very passionately about his foundation and particularly the empowerment of the youth in the country, an issue he had addressed during his last visit in 2015.

    "I commend both Obama and his sister Auma Obama for the commendable job (in empowering the youth through Sauti Kuu Foundation).

    Lauding Obama as a champion of democracy, Raila revealed that "Obama threw his support behind the Building Bridges initiative and pledged his support in helping bring the country together and fighting corruption".

    The two leaders also held discussions about ending the stalemate in South Sudan and finding peace in the neighbouring countries.

    "I join the rest of the nation in saying welcome back home Barack!" Raila concluded his statement.

    The meeting was also attended by Obama's step-sister Auma Obama, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and Raila's youngest daughter Winnie Odinga.

    Earlier on, Obama had been hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi where he was gifted with two books.

    Here are photos from the meeting:

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    [caption caption="Barack Obama, Winnie Odinga, Auma Obama and Raila Odinga"][/caption]

    [caption caption="Obama shaking hands with Winnie Odinga"][/caption]