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Bill Clinton in Kenya ahead of Obama’s July visit

He is accompanied on the trip by his daughter Chelsea. Photo/DPSCU

He is accompanied on the trip by his daughter Chelsea. Photo/DPSCU

Former US President Bill Clinton is in the country to tour projects funded by his foundation the Clinton Foundation, ahead of President Barack Obama’s July visit.

He arrived early Friday morning and was received by Deputy President William Ruto and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on touching down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
They later met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Friday and discussed the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign which is aimed at reducing mother and child mortality as well as environmental concerns.

They were later expected to attend a Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education (CHANGE) forum thereafter.

Chelsea visited the Mbagathi District Hospital where she spoke with nurses about access to primary healthcare, before joining her father at State House.

On Saturday the Clintons are expected to attend an Equity Bank and Master Card sponsored Wings to Fly event before visiting the Savelberg Retreat Centre where Clinton Global Initiative member, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, equips the hearing impaired with hearing aids, according to itinerary provided by their foundation.

On Sunday, the Clintons are expected to visit the Save the Elephant Research Centre in the Samburu National Reserve.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is also expected in the country on Sunday ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit in July.

During last year’s US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, Clinton expressed an interest in travelling to Kenya to see the difference the charities they sponsor are making and to see how they can further collaborate with the Kenyan government.

The Clintons were in Tanzania before making their way to Kenya and are scheduled to visit Liberia before winding up their Africa tour in Morocco.

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The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation has come under increased scrutiny as the American Presidential campaign trail heats up with Hillary throwing her hat into the ring for the Democratic party endorsement.

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