According to Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the Commission, this decision is part of the African Union’s efforts to accelerate the continent’s integration through infrastructure, in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development.
In this role, Raila Odinga will support and strengthen the AU departments and those of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The former prime minister announced that he had accepted his appointment by the African Union Commission.
As Special Envoy of the AU President, he will also serve as a mediator in peace negotiations and conflict resolution.
Raila will also have a fully equipped office in Nairobi with staff and advisers to strengthen its local presence and unity programs with Uhuru Kenyatta. It will not engage in the daily politics of the country.
In mid-April, the leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition represented his country at the funeral of Winnie Mandela in South Africa.
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