US President Barack Obama may have delayed his Kenya visit due to questions over the legality of his presidency, a report by the New York Times now says.
It was said that Obama was born in Kenya and was therefore ineligible to lead the United States.
This notion was popularised by business mogul Donald Trump who had himself expressed interest in the presidency
Trump is a candidate for the 2016 US presidential election expected to take place on November 8.
The news agency said Obama may have avoided travelling to his homeland to prevent detractors from making non-existent correlations.
The article, titled ‘Kenya trip takes Obama back to a complex part of himself’, says he termed the doubts cast on his nationality as diversions from serious matters.
“Obama considered the “birther” movement, now largely defunct, a distraction and a cynical ploy by opponents like Donald Trump, but he stayed away from Kenya until now, unwilling to provoke the obvious political circus that would have ensued,” the agency reported.
He told a press conference at the White House; “We are not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”
Through his campaign in 2008, he requested his birth certificate from Hawaii and made it available on the internet.
A more common narrative is that Obama was unwilling to endorse President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto while they were facing charges at the ICC.
The charges against Uhuru, in connection to crimes against humanity during the 2007-08 post election violence, were dropped while Ruto’s is ongoing.
Obama landed in Nairobi on Friday night, nines years after visiting as Illinois Senator.
Among those who received him at the airport was his half-sister Auma, who also joined him for dinner alongside his step-grandmother Sarah, and other relatives.
Events on Obama’s itinerary include a state dinner and co-hosting the 6th Global Entrepreneurial Summit with Uhuru at the US Embassy in Gigiri.
He will also visit the 1998 bomb blast site, at the August 7th Memorial Park in Nairobi.
On Sunday, he will give two addresses; at Kenyatta University and Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.
He will leave on Sunday evening for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he is scheduled to deliver an address before the African Union.