Residents of Siaya upbeat over Obama visit

The Obama visit will be private though the public have been urged to turn up to welcome him.

Former United States of America president, Barrack Obama’s visit to Kogelo, Siaya next Monday will be private, though the public have been urged to turn up in large numbers to welcome him.

According to community spokesman, Nicholas Rajula, arrangements have been put in place to welcome the former president who traces his roots to the village where his father, the late Barrack Obama senior was born.

Speaking to the media during a meeting by the local community and church leaders to prepare a memorandum to present to Obama, Rajula, a former nominated councilor said that as part of the welcoming ceremony, local artists, led by Rhumba musician, Johnny Junior and Ohangla king, Osogo Winyo will entertain the locals this weekend.

Sauti Kuu, Sports and Technical Training Complex that Obama is expected to open on Monday may not accommodate the huge number of curious visitors from within and abroad, he said adding that arrangements have however been made to ensure that all visitors get a chance to have a glimpse and time with him.

He called on the counties of Homa Bay and Migori to join the team preparing to welcome the former US president home, saying that the Kogelo clan traverses the Luo nation and has descendants in all the four counties in Luo nation.

Local residents are upbeat with the forthcoming visit, with local motorcycle operators hoping for a brisk business come Monday.

They expressed hope that they will not be harassed by security officials as they will be ferrying passengers to Nyang’oma Kogelo.

Source: Kenya News Agency