Air Force One touched down at 8:10pm Friday night starting the first of US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to the country.
Obama was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials at JKIA including Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, Foreign Affairs CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, and Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi.
Also in the welcoming party was Muhoho Kenyatta, Uhuru’s second son.
On hand to receive Obama was also his half sister Auma Obama.
Obama proceeded to sign the guests book which is common practice for visiting heads of state.
The US president then proceeded to leave with Auma for the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi’s Westlands area where it is said Obama will share a dinner with his extended family.
Obama left in one of the limousines commonly known as ‘The Beast’ two of which had arrived on Friday evening at JKIA.
A drill, involving The Beast and police escort, was carried out in the morning from Uhuru Highway into the hotel.
Mama Sarah Obama is also in Nairobi to meet her step-grandson.
Sarah came with Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga by flight, while several close family members are expected to travel to Nairobi by road.
She took a flight from Kisumu International Airport and was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Obama is the first sitting US President to visit Kenya. His visit holds more significance because of the links he has with Kenya through his father Barack Obama, Senior.
Obama has visited Kenya three other times in the past but this trip is historic as he comes as President of the global superpower.