REVEALED Why Obama refused Kenyan President’s gifts

Kenyatta gave Obama the gifts, two portraits done by pencil artist Collins Okello and a sculpture of an elephant, at the State House in Nairobi.

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US President, Barack Obama is said to have left behind some gifts presented to him by Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta during his recent official visit.

US President, Barack Obama with Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta play

US President, Barack Obama with Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta

 

Kenyatta gave Obama the gifts, two portraits done by pencil artist, Collins Okello and a sculpture of an elephant, at the State House in Nairobi.

Portraits of the Obama family made by Kenyan pencil artist, Collins Okello play

Portraits of the Obama family made by Kenyan pencil artist, Collins Okello

(Nairobi News)

 

However, according to Nairobi News, Obama was forced to leave them behind due to American laws which forbid him from accepting gifts from other Heads of State.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst play U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Reuters)

 

The portraits, done by pencil artist Collins Okello and the sculpture, were valued at $3,000.

President Obama and President Kenyatta in Kenya play

President Obama and President Kenyatta in Kenya

(Politico)

 

Obama visited his father’s country on Sunday, July 26, 2015, and proceeded from there to Ethiopia in what will likely be his last African tour before he vacates office in 2016.

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