15 July 2018

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

Photo: Daily Nation
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.

More on This

Ruth Odinga Slams Obama's Sister Auma Over Handout Claims

Former Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga has slammed former US President Barack Obama's half-sister Auma over her… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Nairobi News. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.