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Monday, 14 January 2013 19:01

Obama half brother Malik seeks Kenya governor’s office

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Malik Obama  AP Photo Malik Obama AP Photo


President Barack Obama step-brother  is seeking  a governor's office in Kenya's next election. Malik Obama and President Obama have same father.

Malik Obama, 54, is making plans to run for the governorship as independent candidate in Siaya county, which is in western Kenya. In making his announcement for the governorship of Siaya, Malik Obama told the rally that he would use his connection with U.S. President Obama as a leverage to improve the lives of his constitutency according to report by Bloomberg News Network.

His words, “Siaya county is facing a lot of problems from poor infrastructure to poverty due to bad leadership, I will change this if elected.”


According to Politico, " Kenya’s elections are scheduled for March, and Malik Obama is likely to face the brother of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the election, according to Bloomberg. The elections will be the first since 2007, when fighting surrounding Odinga’s election erupted, killing 1,100."


Siaya is a county of  842,000 residents with a poverty rate above above 30 percent according to data from Kenya 's Commission on Revenue Allocation .

The major problem of Malik Obama's political ambition apart from going against the powerful opponent  is lack of political party membership and backing.


Last modified on Monday, 14 January 2013 19:10

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