Barack Obama Sr. was a prolific polygamist who converted to Islam for its lack of morals and spread his seed far and wide. Like some sort of Patient Zero, his spawn have insisted on going into politics around the world. At any given time during the year, there will probably be an Obama running for office somewhere and promising hope, change and theft.
A whole bunch of Obama kin are involved in Kenyan politics and working to make the country an even worse place to live. Case in point, Roy Abong’o Malik Obama.
Malik is standing for the position of governor of Siaya County. If he wins, the newest Obama on the political block will hit the jackpot — earning an annual salary of more than £100,000, which would take an average Kenyan 66 years to earn, and is the equivalent of £3 million in Britain, as well as perks which include a ‘retirement bonus’ of £75,000, a car, driver, VIP travel and bodyguard for life.
Like George, Malik is not shy about trading on the family name. Glistening with sweat, a white Arabic skull-cap on his head, he was to be found at the weekend standing on the back of a pick-up truck exhorting people to: ‘Vote Obama — vote for change.’
As he addresses crowds, his followers hand out leaflets featuring photos of him sitting in the White House with his half-brother.
‘Malik Obama has international connections which can attract investment to build factories and manufacturing industries,’ trumpets the text. ‘Malik Obama is a new leader who will bring new direction to our county.’
The leaflets add that charity does not alleviate poverty — it can only be halted by ‘empowering poor, youth and women by tapping their potential’.
Certainly any ‘tapping of potential’ appears to consist of Malik chasing, marrying and divorcing young local women.
Female members of his extended family accuse him of being a wife-beater and philanderer, who seduced the newest of his estimated 12 wives while she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl — a crime in a country where the legal age of consent is 18.
But wait, it gets better. In an Islamic way.
To the dismay of teachers and the girl’s mother, Mary, Obama had secret trysts with the girl after spotting her attending prayers at the mosque he has built in Kogelo — he and his brother’s ancestral home — as part of his promotion of the Islamic faith across the country.
Now in hiding at her mother’s mud house, down a rutted track, Sheila Anyango, 35 years younger than her husband, told me this week that marrying him was the ‘worst decision’ of her life — and confirmed that they had ‘kept a secret’ since she was 17.
Shy and softly-spoken, Sheila, 20, says: ‘At first he was good, after he started speaking to me at the mosque. But he has changed. Marrying him has been the biggest mistake of my life. He beats me, but mostly he’s just nasty and quarrelsome.’
Nasty and quarrelsome has been proven to be an effective campaign tactic for the Democratic Party.
Mary, 36, whose husband died from malaria soon after she gave birth to Sheila, can barely contain her fury. ‘He abuses my daughter,’ she tells me. ‘He is a bad old man. She was a child at school. There was no negotiation with me.
‘He made a secret plan to take her away and gave her 3,000 shillings [about £24] to get her to marry him. She’s a young girl — she was confused. I just don’t like that man.’
Sheila, who has an 18-month-old daughter by Obama called Hafifa, had spent the past two years living with three of Malik’s other wives at the ‘Barack H Obama Foundation rest and relaxation centre’
So there’s an entire centre for Obama’s harem named after one or the other Obamas. Maybe Obama can vacation there instead of at Martha’s Vineyard.
Nor is Sheila the only one of Malik’s wives to accuse him of beating her.
Hafsa Abwanda, now 33, also married the politician as a teenager, but escaped in 2008 after five years of marriage, saying he beat her and her ‘co-wives’, of whom she says she saw at least 12 come and go over the years.
Before Hafsa fled her miserable marriage to live with relatives, she had a son with Malik, who she took with her when she left. ‘He is a bad man and I don’t want to ever see him again,’ she says.
I think most Americans can relate to Hafsa’s sentiments.
With Islam allowing only four wives, former wives and friends say Malik flouts this rule by ‘rotating’ his spouses out to other properties so he lives with only the maximum number at any one time.
In Islam, that’s called the polygamous sequester.
He pays his staff at the Obama Foundation less than £5 a week — without breakfast, lunch or dinner — and his workers spoke openly about their dislike for their boss with the famous name.
‘He doesn’t give a damn about other people,’ one of his employees told me. ‘We all have wives and children and he doesn’t pay us enough to feed them. But he’s happy to give young women money to come and live with him here.’
Looks like not giving a damn about other people runs in the Obama bloodline. And the Obama connection is strong here.
Malik took a degree in accounting in Nairobi, studied at a madrassa — an Islamic school where students memorise the Koran — and became a committed Muslim. He moved to Washington DC in the Eighties and opened an electronics shop there, though he now divides his time between Kenya and America.
He is also a regular traveller to Saudi Arabia, where he has taken part in pilgrimages to Mecca. He now spends his time fund-raising for the Barack H Obama Foundation, a body he set up to capitalise on his brother’s election for the ‘good of Kogelo’.
Malik’s conversion to Islam has been saluted by Barack, whose remaining family in Kogelo are all Muslims.
He asked Malik to be best man at his 1992 wedding to Michelle. In his book Dreams From My Father, the American President wrote: ‘The person who made me proudest was Roy [Malik]. He converted to Islam, and has sworn off pork and tobacco and alcohol.”
Handing me his card and a bundle of leaflets, Professor Michael Muiga, a political strategist from Florida who had worked for the Democrats, told me he had ‘been ordered by Michelle’ Obama to come to Kenya and help him win.
‘He is the brother of the U.S. President,’ said Professor Muiga. ‘He can bring huge benefits to the area.’
As for Malik, he dismisses the wife-beating allegations as being ‘a matter of interpretation’, while his campaign strategist denies that he wants to introduce Sharia law to the area, banning alcohol and ordering women to cover-up.
Forward to Sharia! Hope and Change with underage teenagers! Malik Obama in 2016!