Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has broken his December holidays to attend to his duties as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
The African Union special envoy Hon Odinga who was picked by a private jet reportedly assigned to him by the AU from Kisumu international airport is currently in Namibia where he is expected to inspect a number of the country’s projects.
Accompanied by his wife Mama Ida Odinga, Hon Odinga today toured Walvis Bay Container Terminal Project where they were received and duly briefed about the ongoing project by the Namibian National Port Authority led by their acting CEO Elias Mwenyo.
Accompanied by Mama @IdaOdinga we were delighted to meet officials of the National Port Authority in Namibia led by their acting CEO Elias Mwenyo, for a briefing and tour of the Walvis Bay Container Terminal Project. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/bNmZGrg2lR
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) December 28, 2018
The new port project that is being funded by the African Development Bank is being built on a 40 ha of land reclaimed from the sea is expected to increase the container handling capacity from the current 355,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to up to 1,005,000 TEUs, subsequently positioning Namibia as a regional logistic hub and gateway to international markets.
“The terminal is being constructed on reclaimed land to increase the handling capacity of the Port which forms an integral part of infrastructure development in the SADC region and the entire continent.” said Raila
Raila Odinga was appointed as the High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa around October 2017. However, the news on his appointment became public after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga made the announcement in Kakamega on the Mashujaa Day on October 20th 2018 that was coincidentally attended by the Namibian President H.E Hage G. Geingob.
Congratulating him on his appointment, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the appointment came as a blessing to Kenya and will also enable Hon Raila Odinga to push for bilateral integration of member states through infrastructure development linking different African countries.
It was immediately not established whether or not the visiting Raila Odinga will meet Namibian President Hage G. Geingob during his tour of the country.
Other reports yet to be confirmed indicated that after Namibia, the former Prime Minister is expected to fly to Botswana then South Africa and may only be expected back in the country after 3rd January 2019.