All major streets in the Kenyan capital Nairobi have been closed, bringing business to a standstill ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Hussein Obama later today.
A photo montage by The Daily Nation taken earlier today shows most streets deserted, as businesses closed early. The roads will remain closed for three days.
Meanwhile President Obama left Washington yesterday aboard the Airforce One accompanied by 10 lawmakers, nine Democrats and one Republican, Jeff Flake of Arizona.
According to media reports, the nine Democrats include Senator Chris Coons of Delaware; Representatives Karen Bass and Barbara Lee of California; GK Butterfield of North Carolina; Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas; Gregory Meeks and Charles Rangel of New York, and Terri Sewell of Alabama.
Obama’s visit to Kenya has caused a lot excitement, as the first black president visits the home country of his father, Hussein Barack Obama Sr who, as a student in the US, met and fell in love with Obama Junior’s mother Anne Dunham and the two gave birth to the 44th President of the United States.
It is not yet clear whether Obama, who is in the country to co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, will take time off to meet his family members including his only surviving grandmother, Sarah Obama, who lives in K’Ogelo village, Kisumu County.