Obama's Half Brother Arrested


U.S. President Barack Obama's half brother was arrested at his home in a slum on suspicion of drugs' possession.



"I think it was a misunderstanding. I do not do drugs," George Hussein Obama, 27, told Reuters from Nairobi's Huruma slum, where he was picked up for a few hours on Saturday.


"They released me with no charge."


Local media quoted police saying Obama, who works as a mechanic, had been found with two rolls of marijuana.


Kenya's leading newspaper, the Nation, said he would be charged in court on Monday.


But Obama said that was untrue, and police officials refused to comment.


"I don't know what you are talking about," area police chief Jasper Ombati told Reuters, before hanging up the phone.


George Obama hardly knows his brother, the first black president of the United States, who is hero-worshipped in Kenya due to his ancestral roots.


The White House declined comment.


Several of President Obama’s Kenyan relatives went to Washington, DC, for his inauguration, but George was not among them. He lives in Huruma with extended family.


Media reports about him surfaced over the summer, after a magazine article said he lived in a shack and earned a dollar a day. George Obama has called the reports insulting.


“I’m proud of how I live,” he said in an interview over the summer. “[The media] are tarnishing the family name.”


He also said he was studying to be a mechanic and works with a local youth group in Huruma.


In President Obama’s book Dreams From My Father , he describes George Obama as “a handsome, roundheaded boy with a wary gaze”.


George is the youngest of the senior Obama’s seven children, born six months before his father died.


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