Obama arrives in Kenya for family visit

Former US Barack Obama arrives on Sunday for a much-anticipated visit as a private person, Citizen Obama considered a son of the soil and a beloved celebrity.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training centre founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.

Before they head to Kogelo, Obama and his family will pay a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta and meet Opposition leader Raila Odinga in a tightly scheduled programme.

While withholding details of Obama's itinerary, immediate former State House spokesman Manoa Esipisu confirmed that Obama will meet Uhuru on Sunday before leaving for Siaya.

Odinga's recently agreed to work with Kenyatta following a dispute over the 2017 elections.

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As was the case when he first visited Kenya as a sitting president in July 2015, vehicles entering the Kisumu airport underwent thorough security checks.

A statement sent to newsrooms said the talks were on the Building Bridges Initiative, youth empowerment, education and Kenya's efforts to bring peace to South Sudan. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas.

Later today Mr Obama will fly to Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the 100th anniverary of the birth of South Africa's first democratically elected president, and to set up his most significant global project as a former world leader.

Mr Obama is set to issue a flagship speech in Johannesburg as South Africans celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth this week.

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