Former Kenyan PM Raila Odinga's stint at African Union ends

Thursday February 23 2023
Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga

Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga whose term as the African Union special envoy for infrastructure development has ended. PHOTO | FILE | NMG


Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga's term as the African Union (AU) special envoy for infrastructure development has ended following the setting up of an agency to take over the continental mandate.

Mr Odinga was appointed as the High Representative for Infrastructure in Africa on October 20, 2018 during the leadership of former Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

The African Union is seeking to expedite the integration of the continent through infrastructure, to promote economic growth and sustainable development.

"The transformation of the Nepad Agency to African Union Development Agency-Nepad has now been completed, with full mandate to implement the continental agenda on infrastructure," AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement.

Invaluable role

“Your role in this journey, Excellency, 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,” Mr Mahamat added.


Kenya's Foreign Affairs ministry confirmed the latest development.

Mr Odinga’s appointment in 2018, gave him the mandate of building on the work and leadership of the AU Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative. He had two offices — one in Nairobi and the other in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where the AU is headquartered.

Before his AU appointment, Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta had ended their political differences after the 2017 elections through the famous March 9, 2018 handshake that saw the two work closely.