Raila Odinga Kenyan opposition Leader, has been appointed as High Representative for Infrastructural Development in Africa. He was appointed recently by African Union (AU) Chair Person Moussa Faki Mahamat, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Odinga, popularly known in Kenya as ‘The People’s President’, got his appointment as quick measures to speed up the integration of the continent through infrastructure, so as to promote economic growth and sustainable development within the continent.
The African Union chair appreciated Odinga’s strong efforts to the ideals of Pan-Africanism and African integration in a continent with lots of challenges.
In 2017 the opposition leader Odinga of the NASA party refused to go in for a re-run of the presidential election after he succeeded in winning a petition at the Supreme court which cancelled the first poll pointing biased at the electoral commission and Kenyatta eventually won the election without the major opposition running.
Odinga will focus on the continental high-speed train, that is one of AU flagship projects of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063, in the context of the relevant African Union decisions, as reported by Kenya’s The Star newspaper.
Odinga was Kenya Prime Minister from 2008-2013 before running for president in 2017 which became dramatic as he appointed himself as president elect and gave himself the title the people’s President but later signed a peace agreement with Kenyatta