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Kenyan government imposes gag order on Obama family

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

“The Kenyan government has barred unapproved contacts between the media and President-elect Barack [Hussein] Obama’s extended family . . .

Under-secretary Said, who informed the Obamas they were muzzled, announced the Obama Cultural Home project, which will include a museum, a gallery and a leadership center in the family’s town of Kogelo. A video featuring Mama Sarah Obama, the president-elect’s step-grandmother, will relate the Obamas’ family history. Said added that the Ministry of Heritage is negotiating with the U.S. government to display Obama’s publications.

The investment in the family’s village so far has caused land prices to double in the past several months. Electicity service has been routed to the community and investors are rumored to be planning hotel construction to serve the tourists expected to travel the “Presidential Heritage Tourism Circuit.”

The proposed heritage center’s siting in Kogelo has not been well received by the entire Obama clan. Some are demanding that the project be built in Kanyadhiang, the ancestral home of Barack Obama’s father before the family moved to Kogelo.”