Following adjustments made by the regional body, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s term as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, which began on October 20, 2018, has come to an end.
In a letter dated February 19 written by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, which was shared by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei, the African Union wished Mr. Odinga well and hoped that he would still be valuable to the union as the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) will take over the role.
“Infrastructure has been leveraged as a top priority on the Continental agenda thanks to your great leadership and unmatched mastery of the relevant challenges. With full authority to carry out the Continental agenda on infrastructure, the NEPAD agency has now undergone transition into the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD,” Said Mr. Mahamat on the letter.
During the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Odinga was chosen to serve as the High Representative for Infrastructure. His nomination was a result of the African Union’s efforts to promote sustainable development and economic growth while hastening infrastructure integration of the continent.
However, Raila Odinga in a letter on 23 February addressed to the head of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed gratitude and expressed his joy that his request had been granted, allowing him to focus on other issues.