NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenya has tightened security around the home of US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother after the killing of Osama bin Laden, an official said Thursday.
“In the wake of security challenges including terror threats, I can confirm that we decided to enhance security at the home of Mama Sarah … ,” said regional administrator Francis Mutie, using the popular name for Obama’s step-grandmother who lives in western Kenya.
There have been no direct threats against the family but Kenya is on alert following warnings from Al-Qaeda followers after bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan on May 2.
“All visitors going to the home will have to be thoroughly vetted. They will undergo security screening before they are cleared to visit the home,” Mutie said.
“Everybody, including relatives, must comply to make the work of security personnel easier,” added the official. “On top of the security that was given, we will also provide more security in terms of escort for Mama Sarah.”
The elderly Sarah Obama’s homestead has been guarded since her step-grandson was elected president in 2008.