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Obama brother defies order to lower Kenyan, US flags

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY ERIC OLOO
Malik Obama
Malik Obama presents a cow to one of the women groups supported by the Heifer International Kenya during the Pass on a gift ceremony at Karemo DO's compound last week.The ceremony was graced by Siaya DC Mr.Boaz Cherutich. Photo/ Justus Ochieng'

A step brother of the US President Barrack Obama has defied police orders to lower Kenyan and American flag flying high at his business premise. Instead, Malick Abongo Obama has written to the head of state complaining of the violation of his constitutional rights and his patriotism. He wants the President to issue orders allowing to continue hoisting the flags. Abong'o says it is his constitutional right to fly the flags anywhere he deems fit. Abong'o says the police orders violate his constitutional rights as a patriotic Kenyan who is at liberty to possess a Kenya flag.

Police in Siaya Earlier last month gave him orders to remove the flags citing complains from section of the locals and tourist visiting Kogello. Siaya police chief Stephen Cheteka ordered the officers manning the Kogelo police station to ensure the flags were removed. The two flags continue flying high at the Barrack Hussein Obama recreational and rest centre which has left members of the public to wonder who is above the law.

"We have politely asked Obama to remove the flag but he is defiant, forcing the police to take stern measures against him “added Cheteka. "Is it not my right to fly the flags in the premises?" posed Abong'o adding that this is a new Kenya under a new constitution where every patriotic Kenyan has the rights to own a flag as they so whish. It's alleged that the American flag hoisted at the business premises has elicited mixed reactions from the American tourists visiting the famous Kogelo village.