Kenyatta to Kenya: Give Obama a Hearty Welcome

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to embrace the visit of United States leader, page Barack Obama.

The President of the most powerful country in the world arrives in Nairobi this week where he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Kenyatta told a news press conference at State House on Tuesday that late on the first day of the event, erectile “President Obama and I will also hold bilateral talks, buy more about the better to strengthen ties between our nations.”

The President said he scarcely need to mention that “our friendship with the United States of America dates back to the days before independence, and that it has remained strong into the present.”

The United States is Kenya’s second most important trading partner. Exports to the US hit 30 billion shillings last year.

Kenyatta said, “Our textiles find a ready market in that country;  our natural heritage brings many American visitors each year.  Of course, there remains scope for better, more diversified, trade and investment in energy, in technology,  and in manufacturing.”

Reports indicate that Kenyans are hugely excited about Obama’s visit.

Some have converged in areas where U.S. military helicopters are off-loading equipment.


The Secret Service has since tightened security in the city which has in recent years borne the brunt of heavy bombardments by Al Shabaab terrorists.

Kenyatta today said Kenya looks forward to what is to come:  to partnerships, to shared prosperity,  and to a new era of innovation and possibility.

He also took off time to warn “those among us who still hope to pervert public enterprise for private end,” adding, “My administration has led the war against them; their corrupt schemes will fail.”

The President said Kenya has endured the attacks of depraved, ideological criminals and that his leadership has “fought them unrelentingly, and they know, as well as we do, that they will lose.”

On his government’s successes, Kenyatta said, “We have not always made the most of our natural endowments, but with the new trade, new investment, and new technology, we have begun to produce green and renewable energy on a scale unprecedented in our history.”

“I welcome new interest in this area just as warmly as I welcome our cooperation with the United States in our battles against terrorists and strengthening governance institutions.”

Still on Obama’s visit, Kenyatta said he needed not tell Kenyans how eagerly they have all waited for the day, or how keen they all are to make it the most memorable of homecomings.

“All I can say is that those who doubted the strength of the friendship between the two countries, or the depth of our engagement, had better re-examine their assumptions. All I ask is that you give President Obama a hearty welcome when he visits our country,” said Kenyatta.

This is the first time the Summit has come to sub-Saharan Africa.

In its choice of Kenya, said Kenyatta, the GES acknowledges the progress and potential of the nation, and its leadership on the continent.

“It also acknowledges our entrepreneurial spirit, our robust small and medium enterprises, and our entrepreneur class – which now counts many of our young people, and previously marginalised groups, among members,” said Kenyatta.

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