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Somali elder wants to meet Obama - 8 months ago, 16 July 00:52

Bruhan Makong

Mr Mohamed Hassan Mumin, a peace elder from Wajir County who dressed former US President Barack Obama in traditional Somali outfit in 2006, is now seeking to meet him.

Yesterday, Mr Obama held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga before proceeding to his father's ancestral home in K’Ogelo.

During Mr Obama’s visit to Wajir County in 2006, when he was Illinois Senator, Mr Mumin dressed him in traditional attire that comprised a Somali head dress and robe, Barki (traditional pillow) and a walking stick. Images of the occasion were later used by Mr Obama’s opponents to depict him as a radical Muslim whose name was similar to that of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin laden.

This drew mixed reactions from Kenyans, with Wajir County elders demanding an apology from the US government. Mr Mumin was then chairman of Al-Fatah peace group.

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