Former President Barack Obama expressed delight over the cordial relationship between the Kenyan government and opposition.
The 44th United States of America President gave the remarks on Monday during his first visit to Africa since he stepped down as president. Mr. Obama two-day visit is to help support the launch of a sport, training and vocational center founded by his half-sister Auma Obama.
The former president also visited Nyang’oma Kogelo, in Siaya Country, which is the rural birthplace of his father. He then attended a launch event for his half-sister new sports and vocational center, where he delivered a speech detailing his first trip to Kenya, when he was 27 years old.
Mr. Obama can also be seen dancing and later playing basketball during the launch ceremony in videos posted online.
At another gathering, Mr. Obama said more needs to be done to face challenges such as corruption.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also met with former U.S. president and his half-sister Auma Obama during his visit. “It was a great pleasure to welcome you back,” Mr. Kenyatta wrote on twitter.
Obama praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following the country’s disputed presidential election last year.
While speaking to reporters, Mr. Obama acknowledged that visiting the country as a private citizen “is probably more meaningful to me than visiting as president, because I can actually get outside of a hotel room or a conference center.”