June 13, 2024
Gov't Set To Form Campaign Secretariat To Support Raila's AUC Bid

Gov’t Set To Form Campaign Secretariat To Support Raila’s AUC Bid

The Kenyan government has established a campaign secretariat to assist political leader Raila Odinga in cementing his bid for chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC).

Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Nairobi, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi stated that they had a consultative discussion with Mr. Odinga and his team to discuss the levels of preparation for the AU’s prized position.

While exuding confidence in Odinga’s ability to win the seat, Mudavadi stated that the government will completely support the nation’s candidate and will provide whatever assistance necessary.

“We have no doubt that the candidate will pursue excellence in line with the continent’s collective aspirations of the Africa we want in 2063 as framed in the AUC development framework,” he said.

To reaffirm his commitment, Mudavadi announced that Odinga’s campaign will now be led by the state and the created secretariat will work closely with Mr. Odinga’s consultation team.

“It will prepare all the briefs for use by the candidate, develop campaign materials including digital presence, and prepare for the public debate to be broadcast live for African citizens,” said Mudavadi.

“The team is firming up preparatory and application documents together with requisite translations of the resume into 6 languages; Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, English, and Kiswahili.”

He stated that submission preparations will be completed by the end of June, with the regional submission date set for August 6, 20204.

Public discussions will take place six months before the election date.

On March 15, 2024, the African Union Executive Council voted unanimously to request that the Eastern African region submit candidates for the job.

Odinga will face up against Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mahmoud Youssouf and Fawzia Yusuf, Somalia’s former deputy prime minister and current Federal Parliament member.

If Odinga wins the post, he will serve from 2025 until 2028.  

The seat will become vacant next year when the current occupant, Chad’s Moussa Faki, finishes his second term.

Gov’t Set To Form Campaign Secretariat To Support Raila’s AUC Bid

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