Stratford housing association welcomes Kenyan PM

A housing association in Stratford hosted the Prime Minister of Kenya as part of its transformation into the country’s National House.

East Thames Housing Association, whose head offices are in West Ham Lane, was home to Team Kenya during the Olympic Games, opening to the public for a number of events to showcase aspects of Kenya to the UK and international visitors while giving them the chance watch live coverage on the House’s big screens.

As the official temporary slice of Kenya, the Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, visited when he made his first visit to Newham.

Mr Odinga was introduced to an exhibition of Kenya’s history and tourism offerings before participating in a Google hangout interview broadcast live from Kenya House.

He finished by addressing delegates and the media before enjoying a musical performance from cultural group Bomas of Kenya.

He also greeted Kenyan Olympians including 23-year-old middle distance runner and World Recorder holder David Rudisha and long-distance runner Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino.