Former President of the United States Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Obama is set to retain government protection even as Obama ceases to be the President of the United States, reports say.
Speaking to press, the Ben said that the former president’s mother will continue to enjoy 24-hour protection by the police.
Her home in Kogelo Siaya County will remain protected and police outside her compound will continue to vet those who seek to visit her. Siaya county police administration commandant Ben Abuga said Mama Sarah will continue to retain her security unless his bosses ordered him to redeploy the officers.
According to reports, mama Sarah’s house was fenced and later had 24-hour police protection since Obama became the President of the United States.
Before she was sucked into the global limelight in 2006, Sarah was a “humble woman who sold vegetables in the dusty Kogelo market”.
Her home had neither a fence nor a gate. There was no electricity and she walked a long distance in search of water. Villagers visiting her to buy household goods from her semi-permanent house walked in and out at will.
But things changed suddenly after Obama won the Illinois Senate seat and began exhibiting signs of running for the top seat in the world’s most powerful country. As if by magic, guests came pouring in to visit this African grandma whose grandchild suddenly wielded so much power.
Local and international journalists, tourists and researchers swarmed to her little house daily, requesting interviews and photo sessions. As Obama’s profile rose, so did Mama Sarah’s. Her privacy shrunk and her security became a matter of concern.
“Sometimes she spent the whole day welcoming visitors and answering questions from the media. She hardly found time to attend to her garden and livestock like before. This was part of the price to be paid for being President Obama’s grandmother,” said Obama.
Mama Sarah’s life changed forever when Obama was elected the 44th President of the US.