AU announces end of Raila’s tenure as High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 12:35 | By
Raila Odinga
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The African Union (AU) has announced the end of Raila Odinga's role as the High Representative for Infrastructure in Africa.

In a statement by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, AU said the end of the role came after the continental body completed the transformation of NEPAD Agency to the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD.

Your exceptional leadership and unique command of the issues concerned has been crucial to the leveraging of infrastructure as a key priority within the Continental agenda. The transformation of the NEPAD Agency to the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD has now been completed, with full mandate to implement the Continental agenda on infrastructure," Mahamat stated.

"Your role in this Journey has been invaluable. Allow me to express my profound gratitude for accepting to serve in this role during the transition period, which has now come to a happy conclusion. The African Union hopes to continue counting on your support for other possible assignments," Mahamat added.

Raila's appointment to the role

Raila has been serving in the role since October 20, 2018, when he was appointed during the reign of former President Uhuru Kenyatta. The appointment came six months after he ended his political enmity with President Kenyatta, who played a crucial role in influencing the appointment.

In his role, Raila was tasked with the integration of the continent through infrastructure, to promote economic growth and sustainable development.

"Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours, please accept the expression of my highest consideration and personal esteem," Mahamat said.

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