London Guardian 
March 11, 2013
Malik Obama notched a meagre 2,792 votes in the race to be governor of Siaya, his home county in the west of the country. He finished about 140,000 behind the winner.
Malik Obama, 54, had promised change that, in the end, not enough people believed in. It was a manifesto that included reducing poverty, building infrastructure, industrialising and bringing American chains such as McDonald’s to his neglected rural area.
The defeated candidate, who stands 1.95 metres (6ft 4ins) tall, was born to the same Kenyan father as the US president but a different mother. Campaigning under the slogan “Obama here, Obama there”, he claimed that as governor he would have a “direct line to the White House”.