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Kenya probed claim Obama born in

by Jerome R. Cors
Internal intelligence reports indicate
government investigation
Internal government documents indicate
Barack Obamas step-grandmother was
interviewed several times by agents of
Kenyas National Security Intelligence
Service to investigate reports that she
claimed the president was born in the East
African nation.
As WND reported, although no proof has
surfaced placing Barack Obamas mother
in Kenya at the time of the presidents
birth, a taped telephone conversation in
which step-grandmother Sarah Hussein
Obama purportedly claimed he was born in
the coastal city of Mombasa has become an Internet sensation since its submission in a lawsuit
challenging the presidents eligibility.
Philip J. Berg, a former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general, included a transcript of the taped
Oct. 16, 2008, telephone interview and sworn affidavits in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court
after lower courts dismissed as frivolous his Aug. 21, 2008, complaint alleging Obama was born
in Mombasa.
the inside details on what could be the most serious constitutional
crisis in modern history, in Wheres the Birth Certificate? The Case
That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President.
Critics point out many reasons to be skeptical of the recorded telephone conversation, including
the possibility something was lost in the translation and the fact that, through her interpreter, she
later clarified that her famous grandson was born in Hawaii, not Kenya. Nevertheless, two
members of the Obamas Luo tribe who are fluent in the local Luo dialect, Swahili and English
told WND that after carefully listening to the tape they believe she declared Barack Obama Jr.
was born in Kenya and that she was present at the birth.
The discussion of Sarah Obamas purported claim is found in reports by Kenyas National
Security Intelligence Service, or NSIS, and official letters indicating the Kenyan government
investigated the possibility that President Obama was born in Kenya.
As WND reported, two letters purportedly written by Kenyas immigration secretary during the
2008 U.S. presidential election campaign stated that officials in Nairobi could not find evidence
Obama was born in Kenya. But the official said the government had information that relevant
birth records may have been removed or were missing.
An interim report by the NSIS issued in September 2008 concludes that a birth certificate
in the name of Barack Hussein Obama may have been issued in Kenya but to confirm this
would require a further thorough joint investigation by the NSIS and Kenyas Central
Intelligence Department, or CID.
The report said that none of several investigations by various officers has been conclusive
and that some leads require further investigation because it appears some powerful forces as it
were are hell bent in defeating this investigation.
At the time of Obamas birth, the procedure in Kenya was for the hospital to issue a birth
notification slip, which would then be presented to municipal authorities by the person
registering the birth.
No such slip was found or proved to have existed, the report says. A thorough search at the
old registry of the Mombasa Municipal Council did not yield anything. However, this does not
remove any possibility that Barack Obama could have been born at the [Coast Provincial General
Meanwhile, a 2009 internal NSIS report (page 1 and page 2) said conflicting stories suggest the
the Obama family is trying to hide something but are not doing a very good job of it. The
report stated:
We have also investigated Mama Sarah to find out if she is speaking the truth but she had
come out as vague and incongruent.
In one interview with Mama Sarah Obama our officers recorded that Mama Sarah says
she cannot remember if she attended the birth of Barack Obama or visited his parents at
the Coast Provincial General Hospital around the official birthday of Barack Obama. But
she confessed to have had part of her family there at around the same time. Some of her
brothers were already working in Mombasa.
In a second interview done much later, she says that she is sure Barack Obama was born
in Mombasa because she was visiting her family there when he was born, and they were
called to the CPGH (Coast Provincial General Hospital) where she met Barack Obamas
mother for the first time.
Yet in another interview Mama Sarah turned hostile and gave a conflicting testimony that
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and the family only got to hear or learn of the birth
through a letter that Barack Obamas father sent later.
All these conflicting testimonies point to the fact that the Obama family is trying to hide
something but are not doing a very good job of it.
This means that were dealing with a situation that calls for caution and only a joint
investigation would do.
The internal NSIS reports suggest the intelligence agency was considering subpoenaing Sarah
Obama to testify under oath because she has become a hostile witness to our investigations.
The reporting investigator noted, however, that because of her stature, a subpoena would require
permission from the minister for internal security and the attorney general, and I can assure you
this is not tenable at the moment. I urge you to try to get information from her or elsewhere in
the best way you can.
NSIS reports also refer to birth records of interest at the Lady Grigg Maternity Unit at the
Coast Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa:
For instance, we noticed several alterations and quite a number of insertions that were
irregular. Generally, the records bear no alterations and if there were, a certificate of
alteration has to be issued against the alteration by the birth records office at the
Mombasa district commissioners office.
The NSIS investigators said they found 79 illegal alterations or insertions at the Lady Grigg
Maternity Unit between June 1, 1960 and Dec. 31, 1961. For a professional trying to hide or
confuse records at the Births Registry, we believe they could pick other dates within this period
to make deliberate alterations to keep off track
any investigations into this case, the NSIS
report said. The name Barack Hussein Obama
cannot presently be found in any birth records
within the republic of Kenya, the memo
concluded. But this does not mean they never
Official correspondence
Emmanuel Kisombe, the permanent secretary in
the Ministry for Immigration and Registration
of Persons, wrote a letter in July 2008 in reply
to a letter from the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi
that raised the possibility with Kenyan officials
that Obama was born in their country.
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Kisombe wrote another letter on the issue, this time to Kenyas Criminal Investigation
Department, a few days before the Nov. 4 presidential election in the U.S.
Kisombe, 56, has been in public service since 1979, according to his bio. He became principal
administrative secretary in the Office of the President in 2004 and was appointed permanent
secretary for Immigration and Registration of Persons on Dec. 7, 2005.
His Oct. 22, 2008, letter to Simon Karanja Gatiba, director of the Criminal Investigation
Department, indicated an investigation into the possibility Obama was born in Kenya was
instigated at the level of the Kenyan Cabinet.
Kisombe wrote to Gatiba:
We have instructions from the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet
carrying out directions of the Cabinet sub-committee on Security and Foreign Relations to
investigate and report on efficacy of reports that Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic
Party aspirant in the United States could be Kenyan-born.
Kisombe said the Kenyan government investigation was prompted by numerous intelligence
reports that [Obama] might have been born in Mombasa at the Lady Grigg Maternity Wing of the
Coast Provincial Hospital.
Kisombe noted that the Kenyan governments inability to find Obama birth records was not
conclusive, because the information we in the ministry have is that some documents have been
removed by unknown persons at unknown dates or are missing from birth registry records thus
denting the prospects of uncovering the facts of this matter.
He wrote:
This tampering, if confirmed, constitutes a serious offense that is punishable by law and it
behooves your office to track down the culprits and bring them to justice. My officers
have been instructed to fully cooperate as the Kenya Police Criminal Investigation
Department performs this task.
Here is the entirety of the Kisombe letter:
According to the letters second page, copies were to be distributed to the following government
A July 4, 2008, letter by Kisombe to U.S.
Amb. Michael Ranneberger in Nairobi,
marked Confidential, was a response to an
inquiry from the U.S. regarding the possibility that Obama had birth records in Kenya.
Kisombe replied that there were no records to indicate Obama was born in the geographic
confines of what is now known as the Republic of Kenya.
However, the Kenyan official said he could not say whether any documents or files from the
births registry at the Coast Provincial General Hospital are missing or tampered with.
Ranneberger, who was appointed to the Kenya post by President Bush in 2006, has been
reassigned to Washington.
Ranneberger made many friends across Kenya but ran afoul of some politicians who accused him
of meddling in Kenyan politics as he pressed for reforms. In cables released by Wikileaks late
last year, he accused President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Raila Odinga of impeding reform,
prompting a member of Parliament to file a censure motion against him.
President Obama has nominated retired Air Force Major Gen. Scott Gration, his current envoy to
Sudan and one of his top military advisers, to replace Ranneberger.
The text of Kisombes letter to Ranneberger reads, in part:
Dear Ambassador Ranneberger,
Your letter of July 1, 2008 refers. I wish to
confirm that there are neither records nor
evidence held by my ministry or any
departments thereunder that suggest that
Senator Barack Hussein Obama was born
within the geographical confines of what is
now known as the Republic of Kenya.
Further I am unable to confirm if any files
from the births registry at the Coast
Provincial General Hospital are missing or
tampered with.
The letters page 1:
The letters page 2:
Kisombe and Ranneberger have not replied to a WND request for comment.