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Obama meets with Uhuru Kenyatta on first day in Kenya

The US president’s visit to Kenya has been described by locals as the return of the country’s son.

US President Barack Obama (2-R) is greeted by his half-sister Auma (2-L) as he walks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on 24 July 2015. Picture: AFP

KENYA - United States President Barack Obama will spend his first day in Nairobi in a meeting with entrepreneurs and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta.

They're expected to focus on economic initiatives.

Elaborate security is in place against al-Shabaab terrorists who might try to exploit the visit, which many locals see as the return of the country's son.

This is the first ever trip by a sitting US president.

After landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday night Obama was driven away in his armour presidential limo to have dinner with members of his Kenyan family.

Sarah Obama, the 90-year-old second wife of Obama's late father was brought from the western city of Kisumu to Nairobi to see the president.

Security, trade, investment and development dominate today's agenda for Obama, who brings what he calls a message of tough love to Kenya.

He will also raise human rights, particularly the fair treatment of women, children and homosexuals.

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