5 February 2012

Kenya: Obama's Grandmother Injured in Road Accident

Kisumu — US President Barack Obama's grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, sustained bruises during a road accident at Otonglo on the Kisumu-Busia highway at the weekend.

The accident, which took place on Saturday around 9pm, is reported to have occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle she was in while trying to overtake another.

According to a witness, Mr Dennis Owuor, some residents rushed to the scene after hearing a loud bang at night.

"When we came to find out what had happened, we discovered that a car had rolled and soon there were a number of police officers at the scene," he said.

Mr Owuor said that the quick response to a "minor accident" made them suspect that a prominent person had been involved.

Taken to hospital

Kisumu police boss Musa Kongoli said that Mama Obama was travelling to her home in Siaya when the accident occurred.

"The vehicle was travelling from Kisumu to Siaya. The occupants were taken to hospital for treatment," said Mr Kongoli.

Mama Obama was in the company of four other people, two of whom were said to be her bodyguards.

Aga Khan Hospital Nursing director Vinodh Krishnankutty said Mama Obama had sustained bruises and was in shock when brought to the hospital.

She said the five accident victims were then treated and discharged.

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