Raila’s appointment as AU envoy hailed globally

ODM leader Raila Odinga’s appointment as a special envoy to African Union on infrastructure has received international commendation.

Foreign relations experts however hold the view that the appointment will draw mixed fortunes to the former prime minister.

Whereas his new posting will enhance his image and him help mobilize regional support, the new role might dent his local political persuasion in the event he still wants to seek the country’s presidency.

Opposition leader Odinga appears to be reaping the rewards of his decision to declare a ceasefire with his political rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga has been appointed as the African Union’s High representative for infrastructure development in Africa.

Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from all over since this the announcement was made.

International relations experts are currently deliberating the significance of Odinga’s new posting.

Wilfred Muliro who teaches international relations at Technical University of Kenya, says this new status is also a blessing to Raila’s political ambitions.

But it is not all promising given that, according to Muliro, it will pose a challenge to his political mobilization strategy which remains the former Premier’s greatest advantage over rivals.

If Raila is keen to make another stab at the Presidency in 2022, then this will be a double edged sword to his perceived opponents including deputy president William Ruto.

But the greatest winner in Raila’s latest appoint, it seems, is President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The country and continent also stands to benefit from this appointment given that he will hold brief for Kenya and Africa as key decisions are made at the world stage.


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