Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has agreed to go away his position because the Excessive Consultant for Infrastructure in Africa.
In a letter to African Union dated February 23, 2023, Raila revealed that he had hinted to AU of the problem he confronted whereas discharging his duties within the position, because of the job’s demanding nature.
“Throughout our assembly on the sidelines of the 2nd Dakar African Infrastructure Financing Summit in Dakar, Senegal about three weeks in the past, I indicated the challenges to my continued availability for the position of AU Excessive Consultant for Infrastructure Growth in Africa. In that regard, I welcome your fast motion that may free me to pursue different urgent and pressing issues,” Raila stated.
Nevertheless, Raila indicated that the continent nonetheless faces pertinent challenges in infrastructural growth, together with inaction by the continent’s management to embrace growth.
Raila additionally says that vested pursuits exterior the continent to maintain Africa in its present state of underdevelopment have been a hindrance to growth.
“Many challenges stay, together with the inaction by the Continent’s management and vested pursuits exterior the Continent which can be solely too eager to maintain Africa in its current situation. Hopefully, the continent will overcome these,” Raila wrote.
In his assertion, Raila left probabilities open for deployment on continental assignments, in case “circumstances change”.
“I can be indicating after I could be accessible for deployment on continental task as circumstances change. Wishing you all the perfect within the troublesome position. Please, settle for the assurances of my highest consideration and private esteem,” he added.
In a press release dated February 19, 2023, the Chairperson of the African Union Fee Moussa Faki Mahamat stated the top of Raila’s position got here after the continental physique accomplished the transformation of NEPAD Company to the African Union Growth Company-NEPAD.
“Your distinctive management and distinctive command of the problems involved has been essential to the leveraging of infrastructure as a key precedence throughout the Continental agenda. The transformation of the NEPAD Company to the African Union Growth Company-NEPAD has now been accomplished, with full mandate to implement the Continental agenda on infrastructure,” Mahamat said.
Raila has been serving within the position since October 20, 2018, when he was appointed in the course of the reign of former President Uhuru Kenyatta. The appointment got here six months after he ended his political enmity with President Kenyatta, who performed an important position in influencing the appointment.
“It has been an ideal pleasure and honour serving our Continent and our folks and addressing Infrastructure growth, which we agree is the best contributor to our endless wrestle to carry ourselves out of poverty and under-development. I’m proud to have made a contribution to the transformation of the NEPAD Company to African Union Growth Company-NEPAD, amongst different contributions throughout my tenure,” Raila wrote.
In his position, Raila was tasked with the mixing of the continent via infrastructure, to advertise financial progress and sustainable growth.