NAIROBI, July 26 (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on
Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland
that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they
had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion
based on gender or ethnicity.
After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru
Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports
hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own
experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity.
After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.
NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Africans on Saturday that discriminating against gays was
like treating people differently because of race, drawing
criticism from anti-gay activists who said he was imposing his
morality on the continent.
The comments in Kenya by Obama, whose father was Kenyan and
who Africans claim as their son, exposed the divide on gay
rights between Western states and religiously conservative
Africa where many states ban homosexual relations.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.
Obama was addressing a Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the start of the first presidential visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland and the biggest economy in east Africa, which has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.
NAIROBI, July 21 (Reuters) – President Uhuru Kenyatta said
on Tuesday that improving security cooperation and trade links
between Kenya and the United States will top the agenda when
U.S. President Barack Obama visits the east African nation this
A key Western ally in the battle against the spread of
militant Islam out of Somalia, Kenya’s security agencies receive
training and equipment from United States, Britain and Israel.
KOGELO, Kenya (Reuters) – When Barack Obama visits Africa this month, he will be welcomed by a continent that had expected closer attention from a man they claim as their son, a sentiment felt acutely in the Kenyan village where the 44th U.S. president’s father is buried.
“We thought the American government could at least bring some assistance to the area,” said Stephen Okumu Obewa, a teacher in Kogelo village who works at Senator Barack Obama Primary School, named before Obama reached the White House.
KAKUMA, Kenya (Reuters) – Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half, the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes fade for peace in the world’s newest nation.
The arrival of some 44,000 South Sudanese refugees since late 2013, when fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with former Vice President Riek Machar, has stretched the camp to its limits.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The president of Somalia has said he is committed to holding elections on time next summer, before his current term runs out in August 2016, and wants a more inclusive voting process than in the past.
In Somalia’s last election in 2012, members of parliament were chosen by elders from their communities and those lawmakers then picked Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – A military offensive has driven Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group out of major strongholds and deprived it of revenue sources, but its retreat to a southern valley and northern hills still poses a threat, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said.
The African Union’s AMISOM peacekeeping force and Somali soldiers have pushed the group, which wants to topple the Western-backed government, into smaller pockets of territory since launching an offensive last year.
KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Governors of Kenyan regions near the border with Somalia say they are encouraging new ways for residents who do not trust the police to report local Islamist cells and sympathizers, shifting strategy since the deadly Garissa university attack this month.
Attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab in Kenya, including the April 2 Garissa raid that killed 148 people, have led to renewed efforts to improve ties between the security forces and the ethnic Somali population who often regard them with suspicion.