Obama praises Kenyan reconciliation, says corruption must be fought


The former US leader made his comments on Monday as he launched the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, started by his half-sister Auma Obama, to help educate locals about utilising their talents, the Daily Nation reported on Tuesday.

Obama also discussed democracy, democracy, equal opportunities and diversity.

“There has been real progress in this amazing country. The good news is Kenya has a new constitution, it has a new spirit of entrepreneurship,” he told an audience including Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Odinga’s wife Ida and Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’-Nyong’o.

“Despite some of the tumultuous times that seem to attend every election, we now have the president and leader of opposition who have pledged to build bridges and committed to work together. But we know real progress remains addressing the challenges,” he said.

Obama explained that this meant rooting out corruption, seeing different ethnicities not as enemies or rivals but as allies and seeing diversity not as a weakness but as a strength.

He spoke a day after meeting Kenya’s two leaders who recently reconciled following a tense election that saw violence in parts of the country. (ANA)