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Obama will skip Kogelo during Kenyan visit, says US ambassador Godec

 US President Barack Obama is expected in Kenya on July 24 for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Nairobi, Kenya: The President of United States Barack Obama will not make the much anticipated visit to his ancestral village Kogelo.

US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec made the confirmation, saying that Obama's schedule will be tight and that it will major on fostering business ties.

“Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is not going to be able to visit Kogelo during his trip; he has only got a certain amount of time and thus will only be in Nairobi,” said Godec during Jeff Koinange Live show on KTN Thursday night.

The ambassador said he could not give details of Obama’s itinerary as the program was yet to be finalised, but promised Kenyans will have the information in good time.

“We are putting together a program that will reflect the historic nature of this visit and I am sure Kenyans will be pleased with it,” he assured.

Kogelo village in Siaya County is the home of President Obama’s father Barack Hussein Obama and Kenyans had high expectations that he would make a visit.

Obama is expected in Kenya on Friday, July 24 to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that will be held at the United Nations offices in Gigiri. A good number of world entrepreneurs will attend the three-day summit, the first to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Asked whether Obama’s visit will interrupt normal activities for the city dwellers, Godec said that the organisers are trying by all means to minimise the likely impact of the US president’s tour.

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