Presidents who lobbied for appointment of Raila as A.U special envoy

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At least five presidents lobbied for appointment of Raila Odinga as African Union special envoy, it has now emerged.

Mr. Odinga was confirmed as High Representative for Infrastructural Development by chairman to AU commission Moussa Faki on Saturday, an offer Raila gladly accepted.

“I was called by the African Union to take over as High Representative for Infrastructural Development and I have taken the position with much appreciation,” Raila said.

His continental assignment would be improving shared infrastructure such as roads, railway and even ports with Addis Ababa being his next destination.

But with March 9th handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta playing a major role, the President also had reinforcement from his colleagues who pushed for the appointment.

“Besides Uhuru, we had four other presidents who felt that Raila’s experience should go continental. They worked hard in the assembly of Heads of States to deliver,” said a source privy to Raila’s operations.

They include Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania), Nana Addo (Ghana), Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria) and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa.

At Kakamega during Mashujaa Day, Uhuru hailed Raila as a Pan-Africanist, adding that their truce played fundamental role in delivering the seat.

“I want to thank Raila for his commitment. The truce has helped us take the seat. I know Kenya will be on top of his agenda.”

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