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Barack Obama arrives in Kogelo in eagerly awaited visit – PHOTOS

Excitement has gripped Kogelo village in Siaya County as its son Barack Obama visits after more than a decade.

The former US president has already left Kisumu airport from Nairobi and is on his way to Kogelo by road.

An earlier plan to travel by helicopter has been abandoned.

Anxious villagers are waiting with bated breath for his arrival this morning.

Mr Obama last visited the village in 2006 when he was the senator for Illinois State in the US.

Already, the once sleepy village is alive to Mr Obama’s arrival despite the tight security in Kogelo.

South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka arrives at Sauti Kuu sports and vocational training centre in Kogelo, Siaya County ahead of its launch by former US President Barack Obama on July 16, 2018. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA
South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka arrives at Sauti Kuu sports and vocational training centre in Kogelo, Siaya County ahead of its launch by former US President Barack Obama on July 16, 2018. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA

ACCREDITED

Ng’iya-Ndori road that passes through Nyang’oma Kogelo trading centre has been closed and only accredited guests and media are allowed access.

At his ancestral home, Mr Obama is first expected to have a breakfast meeting with his family.

Local traders are also trying to cash in on his visit amid the tight security.

Some of the merchandise being sold includes Kenyan and US flags.

The once sleepy village has come to life as their 'son' Barack Obama comes home again. The former US president is in Kogelo to open a sports and vocational training facility run by his sister, Dr Auma. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG
The once sleepy village has come to life as their ‘son’ Barack Obama comes home again. The former US president is in Kogelo to open a sports and vocational training facility run by his sister, Dr Auma. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG

Mobile studios have also been set up along Ng’iya-Ndori road.

But it is not all smooth for the traders since the security agents are restricting their movements.

Mr Obama is expected to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation’s project which comprises a sports facility and vocational training centre.

The facility is run by his sister, Dr Auma Obama.

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga has had to argued his case to security agents before they allowed him in without being frisked. He is seen here telling one of the agents he is the Governor. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga has had to argued his case to security agents before they allowed him in without being frisked. He is seen here telling one of the agents he is the Governor. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO

ARRIVAL

Following his arrival on Sunday, Mr Obama was driven straight to State House, Nairobi where he held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and other senior government officials.

At the meeting, President Kenyatta thanked Mr Obama for setting up his charitable foundation, which seeks to empower youth to become agents of change.

The former US president also met with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's wife, Ida. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG'
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife, Ida. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG’