I Will Be Back, Obama Says As Kenya Tour Ends

US President Barack Obama, whose historical tour of Kenya ended on a high note, has assured that he will be back.

He left Kenya at about 4.30 pm on Sunday after a three-day visit, for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will address an African Union summit.

Obama said his post-presidency plans include philanthropy and nurturing talent, leaders and entrepreneurs.

He said he will not stop being interested in the young people of Kenya and Africa, and will continue to make contributions where possible.

“My hope is that some of the philanthropic work I do after my presidency builds on some of the things we are doing now,” he said, adding that the aim is prosperity across the world.

He spoke at a joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, following bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi.

The US President, who is left with 18 months before his second term ends, said;

He said he may not be wearing a suit when he returns, echoing his earlier sentiment that he would prefer touring the country as a private citizen.

Obama noted that being US President puts travel restrictions on him, but said he hopes to return with First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia.

He said they love Kenya but the demands of the job and “the bubble” mean they cannot travel to their homeland as often as they would like.

“They have great love for this country, its people and its beauty. They also have family connections,” he said.

On a light note, Obama said he met several relatives with lengthy explanations about their relations during a family dinner on Friday.

The dinner at Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel was all about catching up, he said, adding that his half-sister Auma ensured his relatives were well represented.

“There are cousins, aunties and uncles who will always show up, who you did not know existed, but it was wonderful to meet them,” he said.

“You know how it is in large families; Kenyans understand the need to handle family politics.”

He said he will have the time and freedom to visit all his relatives when he becomes a private citizen.

During his visit, Obama co-hosted the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit with Uhuru, at the UN headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.

He also held talks, featuring security, democracy and women’s rights with Uhuru, was hosted to a state dinner, gave a public address at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani and met with civil society groups and the opposition.

Obama was seen off by Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto.