Capital FM (Nairobi)

Kenya: Cheers Across Kenya for Obama Win

Nairobi — It was all good cheer and jubilation from Kenyans across the country as US president Barack Obama rolled to re-election and a second term to the White House.

In the Kisumu town of Kogelo some 400km north of Nairobi where the president's late father was raised, Sarah Onyango Obama was seen singing and dancing in Nyang'oma Kogelo village where she lives.

Pascal Hussein one of Obama's cousin pointed out that good results were expected in the polls.

"I feel good about the results. I was a bit down before but now I am good. I am totally happy. My happiness now is beyond the limit," he said.

Other residents there joined in the celebration for the Obama's second win.

They pointed out that Kenyans should learn from the concluded US election and conduct a peaceful poll in 2013.

"Kenyans should learn from the Americans. The elections were peaceful and voters showed what they really wanted," one of them said.

Business people projected a boost in their businesses as more Americans will visit the region since Obama's native home is in Kogelo.

"As businessmen, we are happy of his win since he has the blood of Kenyans and comes from here. We are hopeful that our business with America will continue to flourish," another person stated.

Those interviewed praised Obama saying the results have put them in a celebratory mood.

"As a resident of Kisumu, I am very happy and I want to look for some money here at Western Union to go and celebrate because this shows that democracy is still strong."

Kibera residents on the other hand want Obama to make Kenya his first destination to visit after being sworn in for a second term in office.

Speaking to Capital FM News, many of them said that since he has a Kenyan lineage, he should make every effort to visit the country.

"I was very happy that he won but we want development to come to Kenya and that can only happen if he makes a personal visit to the country," a boda boda operator stated.

They however expressed jubilation and good cheer for his win saying that it was well deserved.

"You know, you cannot just finish one term in office and not come to your home. He should make every effort to visit at least once," said a mechanic in a garage in the expansive slum settlement.

Many business people in the area had to wait for the results first before opening up shop in the morning.

In the coastal town of Mombasa, both Christians and Muslims leaders alike proffered their congratulations to him.

The religious leaders described the win as a great lesson to warring communities in Kenya during the next general elections set for March 4 next year.

The Kenya Muslim Advisory Council Chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao together with the Mombasa Catholic vicar general, Father Wilfred Lagho said Obama's victory went beyond racism or other factors.

Obama is the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.

Since 2004, when Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois, the Harvard-trained lawyer and civil rights activist has enjoyed rock star status in Kenya.

Babies have been named after him, while drinkers knock back 'Senator' beers in his honour.

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