Eleven years ago, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua made some unpleasant comments about former United States (US) President Barrack Obama
Mutua then was Kenya’s government’s spokesman while Obama a Senator in the US.
Mutua failed to mince his words and called Obama an unintelligent and immature senator from Illinois.
This is after Obama gave a lecture at the University of Nairobi where he criticized the government of Kenya for failing to fight graft.
“It’s very clear that he was speaking out of ignorance and he doesn’t understand the Kenyan politics. We had thought he is mature in his assessment of Kenyan and African politics but we do forgive him because we understand it’s his first time in the Senate and he’s yet to understand the issues of foreign policy,” Mutua said.
“He’s being used as a puppet to perpetuate opposition politics which is very shocking because he’s supposed to be intelligent,” he added.
As it seemed Mutua didn’t imagine that the man he called immature and unintelligent would lead the United States for two terms.
9 years later when Obama jetted into the country in 2015 as the first ever US President to step into Kenyan soils, Mutua had to eat a humble pie as he rushed to JKIA to receive and take photos with the man he once called immature, with questionable intelligence.
This time round, Obama touchdown on Air Force One and rode around in heavily armored limousine packed with plenty of staff and surrounded by heavy security.
Mutua made sure he engaged Obama for a few more seconds than other leaders.
The dossier was well served and delicious