NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 26 – The historic visit by United States President Barack Obama in his father’s country came to an end on Sunday afternoon.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto bade farewell to President Obama at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where he departed from shortly after 4pm.
President Obama arrived in the country on Friday night for his historic visit to Kenya, amid tight security at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and later that night had a re-union dinner with close members of his Kenyan family.
The private dinner was held at a five-star hotel in Nairobi attended by among others his grandmother Mama Sarah and step-sister Auma Obama who stole the show at the airport where she hugged him heartily.
On Saturday, Obama opened the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at the United Nations headquarters in Gigiri that brought together investors from across the globe, later visited the Power Africa Innovation at the UN compound.
He then crossed over to the US Embassy to meet officials there before heading to the August 7 memorial park in the city centre.
He later on Saturday afternoon went to State House for a ceremonial welcome and talks with his host President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of a state dinner.
President Obama’s visit has opened a new chapter in Kenya-US relations with several bilateral agreements signed between the two countries.
During his visit, the US President also had the chance to touch base with his Kenyan heritage.
During his Ethiopia visit, Obama is set to address leaders at the Africa Union headquarters as he wraps up his Africa trip on Tuesday, with remarks that may touch on Africa’s democratic deficit.
Obama is also expected to meet top mediators pushing peace efforts in neighbouring South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, which is gripped by a 19-month civil war marked by horrific atrocities.