An internal bulletin from the Kenyan National Security Intelligence Service, or NSIS, states that the Kenyan government in 2009 commissioned a cultural museum in the Obama home village of Kogelo to honor the "birthplace of President Barack Obama" and rededicate the tomb of his father, Barack Obama Sr.
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.
This was to honour the birthplace of President Obama and re-dedicate the tomb of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., the president's late father. But the project had been delayed because of ownership wrangles surrounding the plot.
The Daily Nation, which published an artist's sketch of the proposed Kogelo cultural center, referred to it as Obama's "ancestral home."
Artist's sketch of proposed cultural center to honor President Obama's ancestral home
The NSIS memo suggests the Kenyan intelligence agency kept a close watch on the Obamafamily in Africa.
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.
Under a Washington dateline, Solomon Asowata wrote, "Americans will today go to the polls to elect their next president with Democratic Party candidate, SenatorBarackObama 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."
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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