Kenya speaks as Obama’s motorcade hits Nairobi


Cabinet Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Cabinet Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Amina Mohamed has said that the correct official position on the period of stay of President Barack Obama will be known sometimes next week.

Amb Amina said the visit could be more days or less depending but quickly added that full disclosure will be made next week after a meeting with US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and Government.

CS Amb Amina was responding to questions by journalists on the sideline of the Foreign Ministers retreat on the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region in Nairobi.

She urged Member States to the Framework to explore possible ways to support regional efforts in finding lasting solutions to terrorism, radicalization and extremism.

“Foremost among them must be strengthening the social fabric throughout the society by being our brother’s keeper.”

She said terrorism is now a serious threat to the region and must therefore be addressed as such.

“Even as we take cognizance of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in DRC, South Sudan, Burundi and the CAR, we should still pay sufficient and urgent attention to terrorism,” she said.

The meeting was attended by H.E Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Minister of External Relations of Angola and Chairperson of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee, H.E Said Djinnit US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, H.E Ibrahima Fall, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region.

Obama’s motorcade arrives

Meanwhile, more than 50 of the 60 special cars Obama will use while in Kenya have arrived in the capital Nairobi.

Kenya media reports that the motorcade was cleared at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by customs officials.

They were driven away to a safer location to wait for the arrival of the team on July 24.

The cars included a Cadillac known as The Beast, Chevrolet Suburburn, all armoured and many more.

Obama will fly to Kenya on Air Force One, the presidential jumbo jet, one of the most luxurious airplanes in the world.

There will be choppers on standby at the airport as he arrives on the customised Boeing 747-200B, Air Force One.

On arrival, the US President will ride in The Beast, his custom-made limousine that is easily the safest road vehicle on the planet.

President Obama is scheduled to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a White House initiative that gathers entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

It is aimed at showcasing innovative projects and spurring economic opportunity.

Over 1,500 people are expected at the summit.

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