Opposition leader Raila Odinga will not engage in succession politics ahead of the 2022 general election.
His Spokesman Dennis Onyango said this in a statement on Monday, where he gave an explanation following “numerous enquiries” as far as the future of the ODM leader and the demands of the AU job are concerned.
“Mr Odinga wants to dedicate the next couple of years to building infrastructure across the continent through his new office and uniting Kenyans through the Building Bridges Initiative,” the spokesman said.
He gave the following clarifications:
- Mr Odinga will continue operating from Nairobi, where an office will be set up to coordinate his activities as AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development.
- Since the position will require frequent travel, particularly to foot-print member states and regional economic communities across the continent, he will work with New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) offices in the various regions to coordinate his activities.
- His travels across the continent will be in line with responsibilities that include building political buy-in and ownership of member states, mobilising Africa’s partners and resources to assist member states and facilitating member states to review and conform to recommendations on the Minimum Road/Highway Design of the Trans African Highway Network.
- To provide the required leadership in this critical area, and in line with his previous pronouncements, Mr Odinga wishes to reiterate that he will not engage in Kenya’s succession politics ahead of 2022.
This seems like a change of heart from Saturday while in Siaya County where Raila indicated that he will continue to engage in local politics even while serving the AU.
“I am going nowhere. My new appointment as AU envoy comes with an office in Nairobi. I will just be traveling to Ethiopia, South Africa and other African nations on assignment and returning to the office in Nairobi, where I will be based,” he said.
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