Intel report: Kenyans honor Obama's 'birthplace'
Cultural museum commissioned in family's African village
Posted: May 30, 2011
The 2009 NSIS bulletin report said:
The ministry of national heritage this month hosted a cultural festival in Kogelo and commissioned a cultural museum on a plot donated by a member of the Kogelo community. The cultural festival was attended by the minister for national heritage, William ole Ntimama and U.S. ambassador, Michael Ranneberger.
According to an article in the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper July 5, 2010, the Kenyan government's plans to build a 112 million Kenyan Schilling ($1.3 million) cultural center at Kogelo was locked in a dispute over who should donate land to the government for the project.
The Daily Nation, which published an artist's sketch of the proposed Kogelo cultural center, referred to it as Obama's "ancestral home."
It noted the Kenyan government provided assistance to Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, in the form of additional security and a government stipend of 50,000 Kenyan Schillings ($575) per month.
A Kenyan blog, "Jaluo," reported that Grandmother Sarah caused family conflict when she visited Muammar Gadhafi in Libya "to the surprise and chagrins of the White House in Washington, D.C.," and "without a proper delegation and approval of the entire family."
The NSIS bulletin echoed the concern that Sarah Obama was visiting Muslim countries on her own initiative, commenting, " had requested government assistance to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage," but "the Saudi Arabia government through its Nairobi embassy has come to her aid" by announcing "she will be a state guest in Saudi Arabia during her time there."
Although there is no documentary evidence that Barack Obama Jr. was born in Kenya, rumors and speculation continue to circulate in the East African nation.
On the day after Obama's election, MP Boni Khalwale asked fellow members, "Could we allow … a Motion for Adjournment so that we could also continue the celebrations of having a Kenyan ruling the USA?"
In addition, a number of – including National Public Radio – reported Obama's birthplace as Kenya prior to his election as president.
Another reference was made in 2008 in the Nigerian Observer.
Under a Washington dateline, Solomon Asowata wrote,
"Americans will today go to the polls to elect their next
president with Democratic Party candidate, Senator Barack Obama largely
favoured to win. The Kenyan-born Senator will, however,
face a stiff competition from his Republican counterpart."
An African Travel Magazine once reported, "As Kenyan born U.S. Senator Barack Obama jets into Kenya today as part of his African tour, concerns have once again been raised on the security preparations for other visitors and residents."
An article in the Sunday Standard in Kenya begins, "Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack (sic) Obama, appeared set to take over seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations."
The article is credited to the wire service Associated Press. However, it could not be found either in the AP archives online or the African newspaper's website.
Also, an African news site and an MSNBC broadcaster referred to President Obama's birthplace as being outside of the United States.
A report by Modern Ghana posted in advance of the president's visit stated his birthplace was on the continent of Africa.
"For Ghana, Obama's visit will be a celebration of another milestone in African history as it hosts the first-ever African-American President on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth," the report said.
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