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President Kenyatta congratulates opposition leader Raila
Odinga on his new appointment with the African Union

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday congratulated opposition leader Raila Odinga on his appointment as the African Union high representative for infrastructure development in Africa.

In a statement, Kenyatta said the appointment of the former prime minister to the senior AU position is a great honor not only to Odinga but also to the people and Kenya.
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"It is befitting that the appointment has been announced on Mashujaa Day (Heroes Day), an auspicious day when as a country, we are united in celebrating the outstanding men and women whose selfless service has contributed to the shaping of the Kenyan nation," said Kenyatta.

The former prime minister has over the years been at the forefront in the development of modern infrastructure as an economic enabler and as an instrument for regional and international integration, said Kenyatta.

While making the appointment, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, said the decision to appoint Odinga is part of the pan-African body’s drive to expedite the integration of the continent through infrastructure, in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development.

According to Faki, Odinga’s mandate includes mobilizing further political support from member states and the regional economic communities and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders on the continent.

In his statement, Kenyatta said Kenyans fondly remember Odinga for the exemplary infrastructure development work he did in his past assignments in government as minister for roads and public works, and as prime minister in the Grand Coalition Government.

 

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has accepted appointment as the African Union high representative for infrastructure development in Africa.

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"Under Odinga, several key infrastructure projects were conceived and successfully implemented among them the road by-passes in Nairobi and other major towns across the country," said Kenyatta.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Odinga held important ministerial portfolios, including energy, roads, public works, and housing between 2001 and 2005. He served as prime minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013.


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EARLIER REPORT:

East Africa bloc lauds appointment of Kenya’s Odinga as AU special envoy

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The East African bloc on Sunday welcomed the appointment of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), noted that the critical role of infrastructure development as a key driver of progress and sustained economic development.

Emphasizing on the critical role of infrastructure in driving progress and sustained economic development, the IGAD Executive Secretary has acknowledged the wise leadership, vast experience, knowledge and skills of the former prime minister of Kenya.

“This will go a long way in mobilizing our collective efforts towards the implementation of PIDA - the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa,” Maalim said in a statement, adding that the program is a key pillar of the AU Agenda 2063.

As the highest performing regional economic community in infrastructure, IGAD stands ready to support the new High Representative in the fulfillment of his mandate, said the Executive Secretary, expressing the bloc’s full engagement and commitment to the realization of the continent’s massive infrastructure and development needs.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, said in a statement on Saturday that the decision to appoint Odinga is part of the pan African body’s drive to expedite the integration of the continent through infrastructure, in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development.

Mahamat said Odinga will work to support and strengthen the efforts of the Commission’s relevant departments and those of the planning and coordinating agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), within the framework of PIDA, which was endorsed by the Assembly of the Union in January 2012.

According to Mahamat, Odinga’s mandate includes mobilizing further political support from member states and the regional economic communities and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders on the continent.

“He will also support the Commission and NEPAD initiatives to encourage increased commitment from development partners,” Mahamat said. 

 

African Union appoints Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga
as high representative for infrastructure development in Africa

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Saturday appointed Raila Odinga of Kenya as a high representative for infrastructure development on the African continent.

The appointment was announced by Moussa Faki, chairperson of the AU Commission.

The high representative is mandated to mobilize political support from AU member states and the regional economic communities and facilitate greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders on the continent.

He will also support the AU Commission and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiatives to encourage increased commitment from development partners.

Odinga will also focus on the continental high-speed train, which is one of the flagship projects of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063.

Thanking Odinga for accepting the assignment, the AU Commission chairperson noted that Odinga brings with him a rich political experience and strong commitment to the ideals of Pan-Africanism and African integration, as well as a deep knowledge of infrastructure development.

Odinga has served in a number of critical positions in a career spanning more than forty years.

In addition to having been a member of parliament, he has held important ministerial portfolios, including energy, roads, public works, and housing between 2001 and 2005. He also served as prime minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013.

             

 

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