Malik Obama is running for Governor of the province of Siaya. President’s sibling is accused of attacking two of his TWELVE wives and seducing a schoolgirl. Now he’s using his White House links to launch his own bid for power”:
55-year-old Roy Abong’o Malik Obama, half-brother of the U.S. President and now following his famous sibling into politics.�
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.’
Malik best known in his village for �chasing, marrying and divorcing young local women” Continuing:
Indeed, 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.�
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.
Accused: Malik Obama is accused of being a wife beater and seducing the newest of his estimated 12 wives while she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl
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.’
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’ � a restaurant complex built by her husband to profit from the visitors attracted to the area by his links to his brother.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.
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.
Fabulously rich by Kenyan standards, Malik is nevertheless careful with his money.
‘He is a jealous and selfish man. He’s a rich man, but he’s mean with money and time. He won’t even give you a lift and just drives past alone when you wave’
– Respected elder�Vitalis Akeche Ogombe
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.’
What’s more, Vitalis Akeche Ogombe, 63, one of the most respected elders in Kogelo, tells me Malik seethes with resentment that Barack, rather than he, is a world-renowned politician.
‘He is a jealous and selfish man,’ says Mr Ogombe. ‘He’s a rich man, but he’s mean with money and time. He won’t even give you a lift and just drives past alone when you wave. He thinks all the glory should be his. He wants to be a parallel force to Barack. I don’t like him.’
A former headmaster at the local school in Kogelo, Mr Ogombe knew Malik as a boy, and met Barack on his first visit to his homeland in 1987, when the future U.S. President spent his days in a simple room at his family home, and developed a taste for local home-brewed beers.
‘Barack was a nice boy,’ he says. ‘He wasn’t used to the heat here, so he spent a lot of time inside resting, but he loved our beers and was very friendly to everyone. Malik and he got along well � but that was when both were nobodies.’
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