Raila to be the fourth African leader to address the joint session of congress: A rare honor in the U.S.

By the Kenyan Report correspondent

November 5, 2017

Former Prime minister Rt.Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga who is also the NASA coalition leader and co-principal will address the joint session of congress in a date that is yet to be announced. He joins the distinguished list of leaders from around the world who have addressed the United States congress.

On the list, Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, was the last African leader to address this joint session in 2006.That was after she became the first African woman President. Former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela and former Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie are the only other Africans leaders on the list.

Other leaders from around the world include Narendra Modi of India, Angela Markel of Germany, Nicholas Sarkozy of France, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, His Holiness Pope Francis, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan amongst others.

Hon. Railas fight for a democratic space in Kenya is indisputable. His fight for a devolved form of government and functional independent institutions devoid of interference from the executive is endearing to those who believe in democracy. Raila  Odinga has given lectures in Germany, United Kingdom and United states on matters democracy and governance.

This will be a good opportunity for many in the U.S to understand the state of the Kenyan and African democracy, the progress made in the face of setbacks.

 

 

 

 

 

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