US President Barack Obama delivered tough message towards issues on Kenya, gay rights and corruption.
In a joint press conference, US President Barack Obama tackled some issues concerning Kenya, Friday. As US leader, it is his first visit serving to the East African nation.
President Barack Obama emphasized concerns on gay rights and corruption on his two-day landmark visit to Kenya, Sunday. His visit marked by aid on business and security.
In a statement of President Obama, “I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this. When you start treating people differently, because they’re different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode. And bad things happen,” he said after talks with the Kenyan leader, in response to a question on gay rights.
“As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law. I am unequivocal on this”.
Obama’s visit to Kenya stressed country’s relation to US. Obama also urged Kenya to respect Muslim minority, thus, strengthen and increases trade ties and security assistance. Giving respect to country as the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority.
“Treating women as second-class citizens… those are bad traditions, they need to change, they are holding you back,” he stated.
“Corruption is not unique to Kenya, but the fact is too often corruption is tolerated because that’s how things have always been done” . “Just because something is a part of your past doesn’t make it right”, he added.
Obama had a very nice visit in the country, spreading his good intention to his visit in Kenya and hoping to be back soon.IMAGE/www.channelnewsasia.com