Surprisingly, the announcement that could upset African politics for years to come is that of the former American President Barack Obama’s ambition in the 2021 Kenyan presidential campaign.
Obama, who is the son of a Kenyan Senior Governmental Economist, Barack Hussein Obama (Sr), the politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 is actually touring Africa to give a series of conferences.
During his visit to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, he was greeted by a large and extremely enthusiastic crowd, loudly cheering and chanting his name.
President Obama drew an almost ecstatic roar from the crowd when he made the announcement that he was returning to politics.
He said, “I’m a bit disgusted with American politics recently while seeing Kenya struggle. I realized I needed to do something to help my Homeland.”
The former President of the United State of America believes he can help the country overcome its social and economic problems as he did with the U.S.
He added; “I was able to solve the U.S.’ worse economic crisis in its history and put it on the right track until they elected a narcissistic reality tv star. I can certainly help Kenya.”
Obama announced that he was launching his own political party, the National Democratic Party of Kenya (NDP) and confirmed he was considering negotiations with existing parties to form a coalition.
He was met with the same kind of enthusiastic reaction yesterday in the country’s capital, Nairobi.
Currently, Kenya is still struggling with social instability, poverty issues, government corruption, and an important water crisis even if it has recently known a few years of economic growth.
Meanwhile, the country has been struggling with several economic problems recently, the most recent of which is a huge swarm of locust that destroyed swathes of maize, coffee, vegetable, and tea plantations, threatening the country’s food security.
Some experts believe the former American President’s chances of getting elected are extremely good, claiming that the actual government will certainly hesitate to forbid his candidacy or trick the election if it takes place under international scrutiny.
Recall that the next Presidential election in Kenya is set for October 2021 and candidates have until April 2021 to confirm their candidacy.