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Barack Obama defended his trip to Kenya

President Barack Obama was on Thursday at pains to explain why he is visiting Kenya when Deputy President William Ruto is still facing crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In an interview with BBC’s North America Editor Jon Sopel before he left Washington for Nairobi, President Obama, however, said the situation gives him the opportunity to push the human rights agenda in the country. “You’re going to

Secret Service and FBI agents secure airport for Obama

American security agents have secured sections of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in preparation for next week’s historic visit of President Barack Obama. The US President, whose father was Kenyan, will arrive in Nairobi on Friday to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that ends on Sunday. He will be the first serving American leader to visit Kenya. On Friday, Mr Eric Kiraithe, the head of security at the Kenya Airports Authority,

Nairobi county govt earmarks 40-acre land in Ruai to relocate street families

The county government of Nairobi has set aside 40 acres of land in Ruai where it intends to settle street families living in the city centre. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said he was working with the national government to relocate the families and build for them a rehabilitation centre, a school and vocational training institution. “Currently an Inter-ministerial committee is working on the plan to ensure that there is support

Obama will speak on gay rights if he feels it right, says White House

President Barack Obama will not hesitate to advocate for gay rights during his visit to Kenya, the White House has said. On Monday, Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said despite calls by Kenyan leaders that he refrains from the subject of gay rights, President Obama may actually do the opposite. “I’m confident the President will not hesitate to make it clear that protection of fundamental human rights is also a priority

Street families to be moved from Nairobi CBD ahead of Obama visit

Street families will be pushed out of Nairobi city centre ahead of US President Barack Obama visit for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Nairobi County Environment Chief Officer Leah Oyake on Wednesday said the county was “clearing up all these areas before the summit kicks off.” The move is expected to improve security and attract investors. Street families, which have taken over some parts of the city, have been blamed for