It seems Kenyatta University had a brief that Obama may be dropping by during his Kenyan visit.
In a period of about two months, they have brought down their gate, built a bigger and better one, and replaced their narrow two lane road with a dual carriageway.
The biggest hint that Obama would snub University of Nairobi and hold his lecture at Kenyatta University came last week when President Uhuru castigated Babu Owino for writing ‘that letter’. He was heard on camera telling the SONU leader, “Kama hatakuja huko, si ataenda KU. Si hio pia ni university..”
It was then reported on Monday that indeed Obama would make a stop at the Thika Road based campus, but it was thought to be just another rumour.
Confirmation came yesterday at around noon when three Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys landed at the University’s grounds, followed by ‘Marine One’- although technically it’s only called that when the President is on board.
Business came to a standstill as students and staff ran from every corner of the campus to come watch the spectacle, which only lasted for about 10 minutes before the choppers took off. It is believed that this was a drill for Obama’s arrival, meaning there’s a very high likelihood that he will fly there and not ride his Beast.
That view is supported by the fact that KU last week constructed a gate linking the grounds to the Amphitheater (the venue of the lecture).
There were lots of cameras to capture the moment, and below we have some photos and videos.