Ruto no-show as Uhuru receives Obama
US President Barack Obama has landed in Nairobi, Kenya for a three day official visit. The Air Force One carrying President Obama wheeled down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 20:02hrs.
The US president was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and a host of senior government officials. Deputy President William Ruto, who is facing a crimes against humanity case at the International Criminal Court, was nowhere to be seen.
Upon arrival, president Obama, whose father is Kenyan, received a bouquet of flowers from young Joan. He took time to greet, hug and take pictures with her.
He later shook hands and hugged with President Kenyatta under the watch of the hawk-eyed Secret Service officers.
The US president then proceeded to shake the hands of the senior government officials before giving a loving hug to his half-sister Auma Obama.
Auma later rode in President Obama’s official car christened the ‘Beast’. President Obama appeared to have confused the ‘Beast’ when he walked towards the decoy, before being shown the right one.
Before entering his vehicle, the US president signed a visitors’ book as President Kenyatta watched. Also at the JKIA to receive President Obama was President Kenyatta’s son Muhoho Kenyatta.
President Obama is in Kenya to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi. The summit is co-hosted by Kenya and the US.