24 January 2013

Kenya: Obama Kin Disown Ex-Councillor

Photo: Katy Gabel/allAfrica
Obama's half-brother, Malik Abango, center right, failed to clinch the position of Siaya County governor (file photo).

FORMER councillor Nicholas Rajula is not a spokesman for US president Barack Obama's family in Kenya, Malik Abong'o has said.

Abong'o said the family had no blood links with Rajula who recently went to US for Obama's second inauguration ceremony as a representative of the family.

The clarification follows a story by the Star which said Rajula was a family spokesman even though he has been spotted on many official occasions speaking for the family. The Kogello family failed to travel to the US for President Obama's inauguration ceremony.

Obama's grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, was at her Nyang'oma Kogello rural home busy with her usual chores. Efforts to speak to her over the issue hit a snag after her phone went unanswered.

But Malik Abong'o said he had a tight schedule organising for his Siaya County governor bid launch. "My brother's inauguration ceremony has come as we make final touches on my governor bid launch scheduled soon," said Abong'o.

He said failure to attend the ceremony should not be viewed as sabotage, insisting that he had always stood in solidarity with Obama since his election as Illinois governor, US senate and presidency.

"I have attended three important ceremonies to show solidarity with him. This one should not raise eye brows," he told news reporters yesterday at Obama's recreational centre, Siaya district.

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