President Barack Obama’s Kenyan visit itinerary
All is set for U.S. President Barack Obama’s tour this week. The 3-day visit is Obama’s first tour of Kenya since his election to the White House, though it’s a grand return after his trip in 2006 when he came to Kenya as the Senator of Illinois.
He is set to jet in on Friday afternoon, aboard the U.S. President’s official plane codenamed Airforce One. President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.
He will then leave the airport for the U.S. Embassy in Gigiri aboard his official limousine popularly known as the Beast. Where Obama and his family will spend the Friday night remains a top secret.
A series of activities are lined up for him and his entourage on his second day in Nairobi. He is expected at State House for a closed door session with his host President Kenyatta and the Kenyan delegation.
The itinerary indicates that Obama will inspect a guard of honour mounted in his honour by a contingent of the Kenya Defence Forces.
Obama will then proceed to the United Nations complex in Gigiri, where he will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with Kenyatta. He is expected to spend at least 90 minutes in Gigiri.
Obama is also lined up to meet representatives of the country’s civil society organisations, for deliberations.
Kenya’s top opposition chiefs are also slated to meet Obama on Saturday, where they are expected to brief him on their misgivings with the government’s fight against corruption and growth of democracy.
According to the itinerary, the U.S. President is scheduled to return to State House, Nairobi for a joint press conference with his host President Kenyatta.
Sunday will be Obama’s third and final day in Nairobi. He is scheduled to address about 5,000 Kenyans at the Kasarani Gymnasium. Invites have already been sent to Members of Parliament, youth and women leaders, students, elders, people living with disabilities and ordinary citizens who have been carefully selected and vetted by the American Embassy.
From the Kasarani Gymnasium, Obama is expected to make a short trip to Kenyatta University for a session with the students and the institution’s management. He is also expected to open a leadership training facility.
Obama is later expected to visit the Nairobi National Park, and later proceed to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a send-off ceremony. President Kenyatta will see off Obama and his entourage on Sunday afternoon as he heads to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Report by Francis Gachuri
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