US President Barack Obama has told Capital FM that he would love to visit the Maasai Mara and climb Mt Kilimanjaro on leaving office.
In an exclusive interview with Capital FM’s Olive Burrows at the conclusion of his visit to Kenya on Sunday afternoon, Obama said he would also like to visit Serengeti and Lamu where he once went on a fishing expedition once he becomes a private citizen.
“I know that there areas still places in this beautiful nation that I have not discovered yet so I going have to make sure that I get back and it is not just Kenya, there is an ecosystem that is connected from Uganda to Tanzania. Climbing Kilimanjaro seems like something that should be on my list of things to do once I get out of here. The Secret Service does not like me climbing mountains but as a private citizen hopefully I can get away with something like that,” he said.
He reiterated his earlier calls to leaders to nurture the talents of the youth to ensure they prosper to become future leaders who can change the world.
“I keep on meeting all these incredible young people across the continent and to make sure that not only do they have access to resources and networks but that they also get to know each other but get a global perspective and can learn from each other whatever the field whether they are going into business, politics or want to start an NGO,” he stated.
“Human talent is ultimately what drives society. Technology exists because the human mind created it. I used the example of something like M-PESA which takes technologies that were embedded in the United States but actually in many ways us being applied here in a new creative way.”
Before the interview with Kenya’s leading station, Capital FM, the US President held a meeting with Opposition leaders, where they discussed a range of issues on governance and democracy in the country.
Obama met members of the civil society organisation at the Kenyatta University, where he urged them to continue advocating for good governance.
Other issues dominating talks at the meeting included the civil society’s involvement in lending a hand to the government in fighting violent extremism.
Other issues featuring in the open forum include elephant poaching and female genital mutilation.
President Obama later left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to begin a two-day visit which will include an address to African Union leaders on Tuesday.