By Thomas Chemelil
Almost a decade ago, a young man fired up the dreams and hopes of the entire Kenyan nation with his audacious hope of being the first black President of the United States of America.
The people of Kogelo, his grandmothers village, took cue from his wild spirit and illegally, without the consent of the American government, opened up a polling station to ‘vote’ for him as he battled for the prestigious position of POTUS.
This week, President Obama visits the country with a new cloud of uncertainty hanging over our heads. To make it worse, the President may not visit his father’s home in Kogelo.
To rub salt into this wound, Obama’s same-sex rhetoric has not gone down well with the fiercely Christian and Muslim nation of Kenya.
Indeed, President Obama’s visit is ill-timed. In an article titled ‘Naked truth: Why Obama skipped Kenya’, I aptly argued that Obama erred in skipping his fatherland on his first visit to Kenya. I was then worried of the growing Chinese influence in the country and continent. The many Conducious Institutes dotting our Universities bear me witness.
We have no option but to welcome a prodigal son who has cleared his fortune in the places of his refuge.
East or West, home will remain sweet home. Welcome home son Barack.