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Nyanza’s moment in the sun as Magufuli and Obama come calling

Thursday June 28 2018

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Former US President Barack Obama (right) together with his sister Auma Obama at Kasarani Stadium on July 26, 2015. Mr Obama will on July 16 preside over the official opening of global standard sport facilities in K’Ogelo, Siaya County when he makes his first visit to the country since he left office in 2016. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BARACK ODUOR
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Nyanza region is gearing up to receive two high profile visitors — President John Magufuli of Tanzania and former US President Barack Obama — in the next three weeks.

Mr Magufuli will be joined by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga on a tour of south Nyanza on Friday next week.

Ten days later, the region will welcome Mr Obama who traces his roots to Siaya county where his father Barak Hussein Obama senior, was born.

Mr Odinga on Tuesday held a meeting with Nyanza leaders led by Migori governor Okoth Obado to plan for the two visits.

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"I met with leaders from Nyanza on the upcoming visit by Mr Obama and the planned visit to Nyatike (Migori) by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Magufuli John Pombe," Mr Odinga said.

Mr Odinga did not explain the nature of the visit by the two heads of state which comes at a time when the opposition chief and Mr Kenyatta have been working together on the "Building Bridges Initiative" to unite the country.

Mr Odinga also enjoys a special relationship with President Magufuli traced back to their days as ministers in charge of roads in their respective countries between 2003 and 2005.

It will be the first time that President Kenyatta will be visiting Nyanza since the August 8 election.

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The region is also looking forward to the visit by President Obama scheduled for July 16, with locals hopeful of an economic renaissance.

President Obama will be the guest