Why the Obama family has disowned half brother Malik
Malik has already declared his support for controversial Republican nominee Donald Trump while he has criticised Barack Obama’s eight-year leadership as US president.
Through their spokesperson, Nicholas Rajulu, the Kogelo family said Malik’s stand was against their will.
“We are disappointed by Malik. We do not recognise him as a member of our family,” Rajulu said.
This week, Malik was invited by Trump as one of his guests during the final US presidential debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Malik, who unsuccessfully vied for the Siaya gubernatorial seat in 2013, has expressed willingness to to run for the same position.
However, his candidature has been bitterly opposed by the Obama family.
“He has opposed development brought by Barack in the region. Even if he is contesting for Member of the County Assembly (MCA), we will not vote for him until he changes his attitude,”Rajuku said.
Siaya MCA Owiti Osuri accused Malik of constantly trying to find fault with the US president.
“We will not support Malik in 2017 despite him being one of us,” said Mr Osuri. “He is a disgrace to us and we will ensure he fails miserably.”
During an interview on Fox News, Malik accused Obama of being unreachable, “stiff” and getting “mesmerized” by power.
“I am disappointed by his reign.He used to be humble, and a friend of everyone, but now he has changed a lot,” Malik said during the interview.
Malik also blames Obama for allegedly neglecting his family in Kenya.
He says he only meets Obama once a year and their meeting is strictly formal and business-like.