15 July 2018

Kenya: Why Obama's Arrival at JKIA Was Not Televised Live

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with the 44th US President Barack Obama when he paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi on July 15, 2018. On the left is Mr Obama’s half sister Dr Auma Obama.

Journalists were barred from accessing the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of the arrival of former United States President Barack Obama.

Nairobi News understands that President Obama's trip to Kenya is regarded as a private visit and organisers are keen to strip it of the pomp and colour that accompanied his last visit when he was a sitting US President.

Police informed journalists to stay away from the airport. Journalists and cameramen were forced to camp on the roadside outside the airport.

Televsion crews stationed their cameramen strategically on Mombasa Road to capture footage of President Obama's convoy after his arrival.

Obama is in Kenya for a two-day trip in which he will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader led by Raila Odinga.

The 57-year old American attorney is also expected to fly to Siaya County to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu (Powerful voices) Foundation of Sports, Resources and Vocational Training Centre.

"This week, I'm travelling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity,m thriving culture and remarkable stories," confirmed the 57-year old former Head of State on his official Facebook page on Friday.

Meanwhile hundreds of guests have already arrived in the country as part of Obama's entourage.

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