Barack Obama’s polygamist brother Malik announced he will run for governor in Kenya.
Malik took a teenager as his third wife in 2010.
THE OBAMA FAMILY— back row from left: Unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Malik (Obongo or Roy), unknown, half-brother Abo, Bernard. Front: Half-sister Auma, stepmum Kezia, stepgran Sarah, unknown.
Malik is running for office.
Malik Obama hopes to duplicate the political success of his better-known half brother — in Kenya.
The 54-year-old half brother of President Barack Obama says he will run for governor of Siava, a county in Kenya, where his and the president’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was born.
“Siaya county is facing a lot of problems from poor infrastructure to poverty due to bad leadership,” Malik Obama was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “I will change this if elected.”
He told CNN he discussed his political ambitions with Barack Obama on Nov. 16 during a visit to the U.S., shortly after Obama was elected to a second term.
The president’s campaign advice? “Have thick skin, be honest and sincere,” Malik Obama told CNN.
Malik Obama will run as an independent candidate in Kenya’s election in March.