Malik Obama, a half-brother of US President Barack Obama, was a longtime Democrat. However, he switched allegiance to the Republican party and says he will vote for Donald Trump in the presidential elections on November 8.
Malik (57), who is working as an accountant in Kenya, now plans to travel to Maryland where he is a registered voter.
"I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him," Malik was quoted as saying by the New York Post.
Malik hit out at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and says "she should have known better as the custodian of classified information." He also alleged that Obama did nothing to help his own foray into politics when he ran for governor of the southwestern Kenyan county of Siaya in 2013.
Malik also told the New York Post: "I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me."
Malik was also disappointed over the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who, he says, was one of his best friends.
Malik and Barack Obama had the same father but a different mother and the two men first met in 1985.
Seven years later Malik was best man when Obama married Michelle in Chicago.