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Kenyan Obamas Stop Media Interviews

From Kenya’s Daily Nation:


Senator Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama (seated right) during a past interview with the press at her Nyang’oma Kogelo village in Siaya. The press has been barred from the home until Nov 5 to give her a break from constant media engagements.

Obama’s Kenya family halts media interviews

By ERIC OLOOPosted Wednesday, October 29 2008

The Kenya family of US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has halted all media engagements until after the US presidential election on November 4 .

The move has been taken to give Obama’s paternal grandmother, Mama Sarah Onyango Obama a break, according to a family member Mr Said Obama.

In the recent past, a battery of local and international journalists have been visiting the home on a daily basis to seek interviews from the 85-year old granny.

But Mr Said Obama said the family would open up to the media on November 5, a day after the elections.

And on Wednesday, Siaya District police chief Mr Johnston Ipara said security officers would restrict entry to the home to ensure the family privacy is guaranteed

“People who visit the family’s home in K’Ogelo will be restrained from conducting interviews to the family members,” he said.

Mr Ipara added the move was taken to ensure that people, especially the media, do not pre-empt the outcome of the US elections by using comments from the family members.

“We do not want Mama Sarah Obama to be disturbed at the moment she needs time to monitor the elections as they unfold,” said Ipara.

He said all visitors to the home would be thoroughly screened by the police before being allowed in.

Obamamania

Meanwhile, Obamamania continued to grip Kisumu town and its environs as hawkers cashed in on the craze to sell branded T-shirts, caps and badges.

Dancehalls have also recorded a high number of songs recorded in vernacular languages in praise of the US presidential candidate whose father was Kenyan.

We question the timing of this announcement.

And isn’t it odd how “Grandma Obama” won’t be too old or frail to take questions — after the election?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Kenyan Obamas Stop Media Interviews”

  1. imnewatthis says:

    Yeah, just like Zeituni said she had to keep quiet until after the elections- they were given the same instructions.

  2. pagar says:

    ““We do not want Mama Sarah Obama to be disturbed at the moment she needs time to monitor the elections as they unfold,” said Ipara.”

    Just what effect her monitoring is going to have on a US election is not reported.

  3. curvyred says:

    Interesting that aunt zeitini was also told to have no comments until after the election, and yet he claims “I knew nothing”

  4. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Barak sez “Every time you negroes opens yo mouth I lose 5 electorial votes! Shut up, Yo BEE….ATCHES! You are to be SEEN not HEARD!!! ROFLMAO

  5. 1sttofight says:

    If I am not mistaken this woman he calls his “granny” is really just one of his fathers many wives.

  6. Steve says:

    “If I am not mistaken this woman he calls his “granny” is really just one of his fathers many wives.”

    You’re right. Granny has no real relationship, no blood ties (consanguinity) to BHO, Jr.

  7. Jed_Black says:

    Is this the same Granny who claimed to be present at Barry HO’s birth in Kenya?

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Is this the same granny who claimed to be present at Barry HO’s birth in Kenya? Yup….daddy Barry was smokin’ granny in a custodial closet while Barry jr. was hatched!!


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