Obama State Dinner Set for Saturday, Michelle, Daughters Not Coming – White House

President Uhuru Kenyatta will host US leader Barack Obama to a state dinner following bilateral talks on Saturday, the White House has said.

The dinner will also follow a joint news conference and remarks by the two leaders at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

In a briefing on Wednesday, White House national security adviser Susan Rice noted that First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will not visit with Obama.

Rice said Obama, in his address at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on Sunday, will discuss matters including the US relationship with Kenya and contributions of civic groups to development.

She said he will also discuss prosperity, democratic institutions, wildlife trafficking, girls’ education and countering violent extremism.

Uhuru earlier said enhancing trade and counterterrorism will top the agenda of the talks with Obama.

Addressing a press conference on the visit on Tuesday, he said the meeting will look into ways the two countries can improve trade.

He added that Kenya is seeking to tap into the renewed interest by Americans to set up businesses in this country.

Recognising the US as a great supporter of Kenya’s war on terror, Uhuru noted that security is critical to providing fertile ground for busines.

“There cannot be trade, there cannot be entrepreneurship, if we do not have a secure environment,” he said.

Uhuru sought to dispel concerns that Obama would shun Deputy President William Ruto as widely speculated.

Obama is expected to arrive on Friday morning for his three-day visit to Kenya.

Regarding a breach of his security protocol following the release of landing and take-off off times, Rice said the White House does not plan to change his itinerary.

“Often times a lot of this information is not entirely accurate. In no way is it disturbing our plans,” she said, of the notice sent by a Kenya Airways official through a public relations agency.

Meanwhile, Obama’s security team has moved into State House, where staff and other individuals will not be allowed in or out until Sunday evening, a source told the star on Wednesday.

“We have been instructed not to leave or come into State House for the duration Obama will be in the country. What this means is that those who, on Thursday, will be found outside the facility will remain out,” the source said.