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Barack Obama Ends Kenya Trip with TV Address at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium


President Barack Obama will end his Kenya trip with a televised address at Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium.

On July 25, President Barack Obama discussed security issues with his Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Later on Sunday, Barack Obama will fly on to Ethiopia.

The Kasarani stadium, where Barack Obama will make his speech, was last year used as a controversial detention camp for hundreds of Somalis during an operation against the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Barack Obama is expected to warn that such tactics risk alienating communities and stoking radicalism.Barack Obama speech Kenya

On July 25, Barack Obama acknowledged the role the Kenyan government had played in the fight against militant groups such as al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has carried out a deadly campaign in Kenya including the 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre and an attack in April in Garissa that killed nearly 150 people.

Security has been tight for Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Kenya.

The trip, which began on July 24, is his first visit as president to the land where his father was born.

In Ethiopia, Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit the country. He will also become the first US leader to address the 54-member African Union (AU) on July 28.

AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma described Barack Obama’s trip to Ethiopia as a “historic visit” that would “broaden and deepen the relationship between the AU and the US”.

On July 25, Barack Obama praised Africa’s economic and business potential in a speech at a business summit.

He also visited a memorial for those killed in the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi.

After holding bilateral talks, Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta said they were “united against terrorism”.

However, the two leaders differed sharply in their positions on gay rights.

While Barack Obama spoke strongly against discrimination, Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya did not share the same values.