President Obama is visiting Kenya this week. This is his first trip to his father’s country of birth since becoming president, and people in Kenya are certainly treating it like a homecoming.
Here with me to discuss the symbolic and political relevance of this historic trip is Wycliffe Muga, the Weekend Editor of the Star Newspaperin Kenya.
Wycliffe and I have a rather lively conversation about what this trip means to ordinary Kenyans, what impact it might have on the Presidency of Uhuru Kenyatta (who recently had war crimes charges against him dropped by the International Criminal Court) and why Obama may let down some distant relatives from his father’s family village.
This is a great curtain raiser to his trip and a great discussion about US-Africa relations. Muga argues that Obama is falling short of his two predecessors in designing big, game changing African development programs.