US is a strong partner for Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Obama says

It is symbolically important to visit Kenya, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday at a White House Press Conference

It is symbolically important to visit Kenya, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday at a White House Press Conference

Ahead of his trip to Kenya next week, US President Barack Obama has said his country a strong partner for not only the East African nation but also for the entire Sub-Saharan African region.

Obama, who will be attending the Sixth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi (July 24-26), stressed “we can build on the progress that’s been made around issues of health, education, focus on counter-terrorism issues that are important in East Africa because of Al-Shabaab and some of the tragedies that have happened inside Kenya.”

The US president indicated during his “symbolically important” trip, he will also be talking about corruption, a vice that has plagued Kenya and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

In his press conference at the White House, Washington, DC, Wednesday afternoon, Obama noted he will also be delivering a message of democracy while in Africa.

There have been protests in Kenya, and within the Kenyan government against President Obama warning him not to touch on the hot-button issue of homosexual rights in his speech.

Obama said he would have loved to visit his father’s native country as a private citizen as opposed to as a sitting US President because “I can actually get out of the hotel room or the conference center”.

Obama did not visit Kenya during his first four years in the house.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has issued a travel warning to Kenya for Americans planning to visit the country as the high profile summit could be targeted by terrorists.

The US has urged citizens to take precautions as they travel to and around Kenya through July 30 when the alert lapses.