Uhuru Kenyatta Set To Nominate Raila Odinga As African Union Special Envoy - DAILY UPDATES

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Uhuru Kenyatta Set To Nominate Raila Odinga As African Union Special Envoy

Uhuru Kenyatta Set To Nominate Raila Odinga As African Union Special Envoy

President Uhuru Kenyatta is personally leading an intense lobbying at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to have former prime minister Raila Odinga named as an African Union Special Envoy.
Such an appointment will put Raila Odinga in the league of highly revered African statesmen like Olesegun Obasanjo and Kofi Annan that lead various peace efforts across the continent.
This is part of the truce deal that Uhuru and Raila struck and was cemented by a handshake outside Harambee House which houses the president's office.
The African Union commission chairperson Moussa Faki is said to have agreed to name the former prime minister as a special envoy due to his vast experience in leadership.
Raila Odinga will effectively have two offices in Addis Ababa and in Nairobi with staff. The offices are meant to boost his local and continental presence. In addition he will travel frequently to execute his mandate while being expected not to engage in local politics.
If Raila accepts this appointment, he will inevitably have to quit politics. This is a subject that has been at the center of political debate with many saying that he will never retire.

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