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Lawyer Danstan Omari : Why Raila might not get AU Commission job

by Paul Nyongesa
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Lawyer Danstan Omari is now of the opinion that Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga might not succeed in securing the African Union Chairperson role.

While appearing on K24 on Monday, Omari cited potential obstacles stemming from the involvement of President William Ruto in the AU election process.

“It is unfortunate for Kenyans that Raila Odinga will not get the AU seat. If the AU wanted Raila to get that seat, they could not have appointed President William Ruto to be the person to preside over the elections of the AU Commission,” Omari said on K24 TV.

The lawyer claimed that by Ruto playing the role of ‘ Chebukati’ in the AU elections,  he will be having a conflict of interest from the perspective of other African countries.

Despite these concerns, Odinga’s candidacy has received backing from various quarters.

The Kenyan government, through spokesperson Isaac Mwaura, affirmed its full support for Odinga’s bid, emphasizing the importance of rallying behind a fellow Kenyan for the AU position.

“If he gets an opportunity to serve us at the AU as the chair, we as Kenyans forget all our differences and rally behind a fellow Kenya. If Mr. Odinga has expressed interest, we would rather have him there because when he is there the interests of Kenya are taken care of. We as government fully support his candidature,” Mwaura asserted.

Furthermore, key figures within the Azimio coalition, including Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, and others, have thrown their weight behind Odinga’s candidacy.

“As Azimio we endorse Raila for the chairperson following Thursday’s public announcement,” Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said.

“We call upon our compatriots to give support to Odinga.”

Kalonzo was accompanied by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, DAP-K boss Eugine Wamalwa, PNU leader Peter Munya and Roots leader George Wajackoyah.


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