While celebrating Kenya’s Mashujaa day Raila addressed the public at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega. As opposed to his vitendawili jokes, he made Uhuru Kenyatta and kenyans burst into laughter by reminiscing the Canaan trip.
“Tumekuwa tukipleka watu Canaan, tukafika mto Jordan tuka kuta mwamba”, he said. Translated to English means ‘we have been taking people to Canaan but arrived in River Jordan and found a crocodile’.
He mentioned the handshake reminding Kenyans of the need for peace and confirmed that Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula together with Musalia Mudavadi were all in support of the initiative.
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The former Prime Minister also announced that he has accepted his appointment by African Union Commission.
“His mandate includes mobilizing further political support from Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders,” he said in a statement.
The new role will see Raila Odinga work to support and strengthen AU’s departments and those of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). “Raila will pay particular attention to the missing links along the transnational highway corridors identified as part of the Trans-African Highways Network, with a view to facilitating their development and modernization,” added Mahamat.
Raila will have an office in Addis but with frequent travel across the continent. He will mediate in peace negotiations and conflict resolution.