Sarah Obama awaits grandson with his favourite omena dish
Even as the United States embassy insists President Barack Obama will not visit his father’s village in K’Ogelo, Siaya County, his grandmother Mama Sarah Obama is eagerly waiting for him and plans to prepare his favorite omena dish.
Mama Sarah told journalists that she expects to meet her grandson inn K’Ogelo during his upcoming visit to Kenya. This is because of President Obama’s love to her and his longing to visit his father’s grave.
In an interview with the BBC, Mama Sarah said she has no doubt that President Obama will visit K’Ogelo and plans to prepare omena, a small silvery sardine-like fish, that he loves when served with traditional vegetables.
“Hii ndio boma ya baba yake, sasa mimi naweza kusema nini, hakuna maneno mimi iko nayo, wewe ulikuwa nataka mimi nachinja nini…yeye nakula hata omena hata mboga, chakula ile mimi nakula ndio yeye nakula,” Sarah told BBC.
President Obama’s father’s grave has already received a face lift ahead of his visit despite an announcement by US ambassador Robert Godec that he will not visit K’Ogelo.
Residents of the village are yet to spot US security officials who procedurally inspect every venue that the President is expected to visit.
Ambassador Godec said on Thursday that President Obama will not visit K’Ogelo even though the itinerary for the visit is still “being worked on.”
Siaya County, which is the home of Obama’s late father, has set aside Sh52 million for a Kanyaboli Cultural Event that will coincide with the visit of President Obama.
The county tourism chief officer Joseph Ogutu told Daily Nation in an earlier interview that no entertainment troupe will be sent to Nairobi to welcome President Obama because the county will focus on the cultural event.
The Lake Kanyaboli Half Marathon will cost Sh5 million, a culture and tourism expo (Sh4.7 million), the Obama 7s rugby tournament (Sh21.8 million) and an investment conference (Sh5.3 million).
The secretariat will gobble up Sh15 million for coordination of the events, while publicity will consume at least Sh10.5 million among other expenses.