In Summary
  • They  said the time for the opposition leader to retire from politics has come “and he should deliver on his mandate to ensure he lobbies for more resources to improve roads in Kenya”.

  • Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and Ford Kenya deputy party leader Boni Khalwale told Mr Odinga to give the Jubilee administration time to implement the Big Four Agenda.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Sunday welcomed the appointment of Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development.

African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Saturday picked Mr Odinga for the position as part of a campaign to speed up integration in the continent through infrastructure development.

VISION 2063

In a statement, Ms Juma said the appointment confirms President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commitment to integration in Africa.

“The appointment comes at an opportune moment when countries are ratifying the Continental Free Trade Area treaty that aims at bolstering...trade, in a bid to achieve Africa’s vision 2063,” the minister said.

The statement added that Ms Juma’s ministry would give Mr Odinga the necessary support “in order to guarantee utmost success during his tenure of service to the continent”.

PROGRESS

Igad executive secretary Mahboub Maalim said infrastructure development is a key driver of progress and sustained economic progress.

He thanked the AU Commission “for the wisdom in establishing the office, and in choosing Mr Odinga its first occupant”.

“I acknowledge his wise leadership, vast experience, knowledge and skills as Kenya’s prime minister,” Mr Maalim said.

INTEGRATION

The Igad chief said the creation of the office and Mr Odinga’s appointment would go a long way in mobilising the collective efforts towards the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa, a key pillar of the AU Agenda 2063.

The 2016 Africa Regional Integration Index report identified Igad as the highest performing  economic community bloc in infrastructure and Mr Maalim said the grouping is ready to support the high representative fulfil his mandate.

INFRASTRUCTURE

“Igad will remain fully engaged and committed to the realisation of the continent’s massive infrastructure and development needs,” Mr Maalim said.

Meanwhile, leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto urged Mr Odinga to quit politics and focus on his new job.

They  said the time for the opposition leader to retire from politics has come “and he should deliver on his mandate to ensure he lobbies for more resources to improve roads in Kenya”.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and Ford Kenya deputy party leader Boni Khalwale told Mr Odinga to give the Jubilee administration time to implement the Big Four Agenda and that he should stop the referendum campaigns.

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