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Kenyans welcome Obama back "home"

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 01:28

Obama's visit to Kenya, his father's homeland, will focus on security and economy but Kenyans are making their own wish lists for what achievements his trip will bring. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The last time Kenyans got this excited about Barack Obama, he had just been voted into office. Six years on, Obama's making the first ever visit by a sitting U.S. President to Kenya -- his father's homeland. His trip will focus on economic initiatives -- as he shores up his legacy on the African continent. Many here are making a wish list of their own for what they hope Obama's visit will actually achieve. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAIROBI RESIDENT, LIVERSON MOKOMO, SAYING: "We would like him to highlight much about corruption, one, and also job opportunities in time of tribalism." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAIROBI RESIDENT, JOSEPHAT OSEMBE, SAYING: "In the democratic space of Kenya, I really want to make things work in Kenya and our election count and our our vote count in Kenya. Number two, our economy to grow in Kenya." The economy and corruption will be high on the president's agenda, but perhaps more important for Obama will be the issue of security. Kenya is a key ally in the fight against militant Islam in neighboring Somalia and receives training and equipment from the U.S. But Kenya's also suffered major setbacks because of attacks by Al Shabaab militants and the violence has hurt the country's all important tourism industry. And so the pressure is on to improve security in, this, east Africa's biggest economy...and President's Obama ancestral home.

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Kenyans welcome Obama back "home"

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 01:28