What Kenyans in the US think

November 7, 2008 12:00 am

, CHICAGO, November 7 – A section of Kenyans living in the United States have said the election of Barack Obama as President should not be taken to mean that he would be catering for the needs of Kenya.

In an interview with Capital News, Joseph Thuku Wanini, a teacher who has lived in the US for 12 years said Kenya should realize that the economy would be uplifted by Kenyans themselves, not outsiders.

“I am warning Kenyans, do not think that Obama has been elected as a US president and by extension a Kenyan president, he will be catering for people of the United States,” he said.

Mr Wanini said the perception by Kenyans that President-elect Obama would cater for their interests was wrong because he was elected in America and had nothing to do with Kenyan affairs.

His sentiments were echoed by David Muthama, a salesman who has lived and worked in the United States for the last six years.

“Those who think President-elect Obama will come to help Kenya are day-dreaming because he is an American and has been elected to look into America’s interests not Kenya’s,” he said.

John Munga who has lived and worked here for eight years was of the opinion that the President-elect would help end racism.

Professor Mark Hansen, a Political Science professor at the University of Chicago told Capital News that there may be more active interest on Africa than it is typical of an American president.

“But Africa is more of a chronic problem than an acute problem and it is not a large source of immigrants to the United States so I suspect that even with an Obama administration it will not get the attention that other regions in the world will get,” he said.

Professor Hansen cautioned Africa not to expect immediate aid because President-elect Obama would first have to deal with the financial mess in the United States.

‘I think that the most likely cause of action would be to continue with some Bush initiatives like the fund on HIV/AIDS in Africa which he could step up with time.”


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