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Villagers spent over eight hours waiting to see and greet their son in vain - 8 months ago, 17 July 05:03

Justus Ochieng'

Residents of Kogelo Village were on Monday disappointed that their celebrated son, Barack Obama, left without addressing them directly.

The former US President's visit to his father's birthplace ended in an anti-climax after he evaded the public.

This was despite the joy and excitement that the villagers had expressed for the past two months when they first heard the news of his visit.

The villagers had gathered outside Sauti Kuu Resource Centre for more than eight hours hoping to be addressed by Mr Obama after the official ceremony.

GREETING

Unlike in 2006 when Mr Obama spoke to the public at Senator Obama Primary School, the situation was different yesterday.

"We are disappointed that after spending more than nine hours here, it was in vain. We never came to beg, but just to see our son and greet him," Ms Mary Awuor said.

"This was not a visit to the village because Obama just addressed dignitaries ...
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