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Raila Odinga’s Bid for African Union Chairmanship

By Kamadi Amata

“I am prepared to vie for the chairmanship of the African Union,” declared Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM party. Addressing the audience in Karen on Thursday, Raila outlined the reasons why he considers himself the most suitable candidate for the position. “I am inclined to embrace this challenge, and I am ready to offer my services. I have requested my friend, Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, to continue being a good ambassador and engage with other leaders,” he stated.

Raila Odinga emphasized that he had extensively consulted with friends on the decision to pursue the position. “General Obasanjo, one of my closest friends on the continent, has expressed his support, indicating that should there be an interest, I am eager to serve the continent of Africa,” he disclosed.

Raila underscored his belief in Africa’s potential, stating, “Africa is playing in a league that it should not play in, and it deserves better.” Highlighting his prior experience as a high representative in the AU, Raila stressed the advantage it provided in understanding the strengths and comparative advantages of each African country.

Raila aims to succeed Moussa Faki of Chad as the new AU Commission chairperson. However, securing the candidacy requires endorsement from member states, meaning that support from President William Ruto’s administration is crucial.
This potential collaboration could signify a significant shift in the country’s political landscape, akin to a political “handshake,” and might reshape political alliances, potentially altering Raila’s presidential aspirations for 2027.

The AU Commission chair holds a prominent role with significant influence in international affairs, encompassing elections, conflicts, and global development, not only within Africa but on a global scale.

According to the established procedure, a candidate is nominated by a host country, followed by the mobilization of regional and continental support. If Raila’s plans materialize, his candidacy would need official backing from his former ally, now critic, Musalia Mudavadi.”

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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