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Barack Obama’s family in Kenya killing one another in a fight to built a mosque – Muslim friends to fund the building at Obama’s home in Kagelo

Posted by African Press International on January 14, 2009

Travelling to Obama inauguration in Washington – family feud on hold in Kogelo, Kenya

api-correspondent-leo-odera-omolo1<Report By Leo Odera Omolo

On Friday night this week, Mama Sarah Obama will board a flight at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi for her long journey to the US to witness the swearing in of her step grandson, Barack Obama Jnr as the 44th American President.

Sarah is the head of about 8 family members from Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya District who will visit the US in their private capacity as family members of the president- elect, and will be staying with relatives .and friends while in the US.

And she is not traveling empty handed, as a proud grand mother she president-elect she is carrying with her some very special Luo traditional tribal gifts..These items include a three legged traditional Luo stool (chair), a fly whisk, and a shield, which are the symbol of leadership.

President-elect Barrack Obama jnr has his ancestral family roots among the Luos tribe of Kenya where his late father Barrack Obama was born and grew under the care of his step mother Mama Sarah Obama now aged about 87 years before he proceeded to the US in 1959 in search of higher education and got married to a white American woman in Hawai where he seared the president elect in 1961..

Her effort to carry with her a miniature spear hit the rock as it could not be allowed into the aero plane as it is considered as one of traditional crude weapon by the airport security system in both Kenya and the US. The spear according to the Luo tradition is used with the shield to protect the world community.

She told this writer during an exclusive interview at her heavily guarded rural home at Kogelo village last Saturday that she was very happy with the election victory of her grand son.

She recalled her old days when she used to sell vegetables at both Ngʼiya and Nyangʼoma markets to raise money for paying for school fees for the late Barrack Obama Snr, the father of the US President elect Barrack Obama Jnr while he was still studying in a local Primary School,and later at the famous Maseno High School. On occasions she used to carry the bags on a bicycle and rode for six kilometers .

At times, she ws transporting the late Barrack Obama snr as a young toddler to the nearby school on her bike.

Mama Sarah also remembered how the late Barrack Obama Snr real mother Akumu parted company with her late husband Husein Onyango Obama in the early 1960s and divorced her husband leaving behind the late Barrack Obama snr while aged only 9 years, also left in her care and custody by their real mother Akumu were two sisters of the late Obama Snr

She spoke of the mutual respect the late Barrack Obama snr had displayed to her. The respect and love the late Obama Snr had displayed ton her,which was even more than a real biological son could extend to his real mother . barrack Obama snr, she said was a wonderful person and extremely intelligent .

Mama Sarah said she was extremely happy that her grand son had won the coveted **of Presidency of the United States, one of the most powerful Nations on earth, and appealed to the new President to work hard, take good care of all the American citizens who had voted for him, bring peace to the universe and remember the suffering poor in Africa and under privileged people in other parts of the world.

In Kogelo home, mama Sara Obama home village, those who bid her farewell included senior officials of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization Mrs. Patricua Apolli who leads the Siaya branch of the group to her home.Thegroupʼsfinal traditional festival and final touches on cultural festival that is set to take part in January 16 at Kogelo Primary School to celebrate the installation of Obama as the president of the US.

Among those traveling with mama Sara are her son Said 41 and his wife Beatrice, Kogelo Community spokesman Nicholas Rajula and his wife Nelly The SenatorObama Kogelo Secondary School B.O.G Chairman Charles Ochome and the School Principle Mrs. Eunita Obiero as well as Lynn Yaya, a sister to Mrs. Ida Oginga, the wife of Kenyaʼs Prime Minister Raila Odinga.. Also traveling is Mama Sarah own son Said Hussein Obama and his wife Beatrice.

The Prime Minister himself who is currently on an official trip in India is expected to team up with the group in New York early next week though he is not on official list of the Kenyan delegation to Washington DC. Raila Odinga is a close friend of the Obama family.

Mama Sara Obama the 87 year old step grand mother of the US President elect said she was delighted that the date she had been anxiously waiting for had come for the inauguration of her grand son the US President, and her journey to the US to attend the occasion means a lot to her family in particular and Kenyans and all the world citizens in general.

I am sure when he sees me he will be very happy because he will have seen his own blood relative around.

I am also going to be Kenyaʼs extraordinary ambassador during that very special occasion said the smiling Mama Sarah Obama.


During my visit to Mama Sara Obamaʼs village this writer had learned that the local administration had issued strict rules*requiring those seeking to interview Mama Sara at her home. And most journalists are required to obtain special permission from the local DC in Siaya town about 10km away before talking to the great grand old lady

It was also established that there had been a tug of war over who should be the spokesman of the Obama family. This has caused a lot of friction within the family. And on one occasion had to be Malik Obama the President Obamaʼs step brother allegedly tried to assault Mama Sarah Obama and other family members forcing the police intervention, and calm the situation after a brief fist skirmishes.

The discontent in the Obama family came to the surface recently emerging from a long standing dispute between Mama Sara Obama and her step grand son Malik Obama aged 50 who recently returned from a pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Malik who is a step grand son according to Sara put his own homestead on mama Sara Obamaʼs parcel of land. He left the homestead secretly in the absence of Mama Sara who had traveled to Karachuonyo to see other members of the family. It is mama Sara who had the land title deed registered in her own name and as tradition nor and virtue required Malik to sought for her permission first before constructing any structures.

But Mama Sara says Malik who is aged 50 years who is the first child of the late Barrack Obama Snr and his first wife Kezia is said to have forcefully constructed his own home,and fenced it off and is alleged and rumoured to have sought for cash donations from some Arab Muslim countries to enable him construct a Mosque on he same land without Sarah Obama’s permission.

Upon his return Malik is said to have to have started the foundation of the proposed mosque without Mama Saraʼs permission. But she he was only prevailed upon not to take legal action against Malik by the immediate members of the family during BARRACK Obama Jnr Presidential campaign in the US since the publicity could have impacted to it negatively. But she said plans are underway of evicting Malik out of the land in the near future.



Clarifying the above story:

A wrong impression has been created out of the story on the on-going squabbles at the Obama’s Kogelo family home. The quarrel is over an attempt by Malick Obama, President Obama stepbrother whose is the first child of the late Barrack Obama with his first marriage Mama Kezia Obama.

Malik wanted to construct a Muslim Mosque a mid predominantly Christian village at Nyang’oma soon after returning home from a pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia with his entire family. It is understood he had solicited funds for the Mosque from some Arabs religious Moslem groups. Unfortunately, he had a land dispute with his step grandmother Mama Sarah Obama.

What really transpired is as follows. The land is registered in Mama Sarah’s own name. While she was attending a funeral at her home back in Karachuoyo Kendu-Bay, Malik sneaked and constructed his own homestead on the land, without first seeking Mama Sarah’s express permission. Mama Sarah later applied for search at the land Registra’s Office and found that her land title deed was intact, and had planned to use the SIAYA DC to demolish Malick’s newly constructed homestead, but was restrained by relative inthe sense that such a commotion coming during Barrack Obama jnr presidentiaL campaign inthe US could have a negative repercussion. She obliged and put the matter to a hold.

But some time last yea, Malick went to her home and attacked Said Obama, the stepbrother of Barrack Obama’s snr, and Sarah’s own son. There was a fight, which forced the police ‘s intervention and thereafter Malik is completely banned from entering Sarah’s compound. And even his mother Kezia, who for many years was somehow divorced by the late Obama snr.,
The two had lived apart separately ever since her husband returned from the US in 1964, and only returned to that homestead on the date of his burial as required by Luo tradition had a big quarrel with Sarah over her water from the shallow well. There has been a lot worth reporting and the happening there have been kept in secret due to the presence of a batteries of journalists hoovering around ever since Obama jnr entered the US presidential campaign trail. If you need more I could file a better story. But the quorrell as the situation stands is mainly over Malik’s grabbing oif Sarah own piece of land an defiantly erecting his house,and his plan to construct Muslim Mosque on the land.

The villagers who are mainly christians are suspicious and desenting that the funds for the Mosque could as well come from Alqaeda outfit.

Clarification filed by: Leo Odera Omolo

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