Inside Raila’s week-long trip to South Africa

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The leader of Azimio La Umoja’s coalition party, Raila Odinga, will fly out of the country to South Africa for a week.

In a statement from his spokesman Dennis Onyango, the former prime minister is expected to leave the country on Friday.

While in South Africa, he will review the status of the Infrastructure Development Program in Africa Priority Action Plan 2 (PIDA-PAP2).

“Odinga will fly to South Africa and hold a series of meetings in his capacity as the representative of the African Union for Infrastructure Development in Africa,” part of the statement read.

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Azimio leader Raila Odinga reads the Order of Service at the ACK Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa on Sunday, January 8, 2022.

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Not known to many, PIDA-PAP 2 consists of several strategic projects proposed by regional economic communities and AU member states for implementation by 2030.

Raila is also expected to meet the Chief Executive of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) Nardos Bekele-Thomas.

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It consists of sixty-nine (69) regional infrastructure projects in the energy, transportation, transboundary water and information and communication technology sectors.

In addition, Raila will meet with several South African leaders in various sectors, including business, non-profit and government.

On January 31, Raila is also expected to fly to Nigeria where he will deliver a keynote speech in Abuja at the 14th annual Leadership Conference and Awards.

He was selected to deliver the speech because of his desire for democracy and free and fair elections.

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In addition, Raila was recognized for his dream of Africa’s liberation from poverty through good leadership.

“The theme of this year’s conference, which happens to be taking place as the country heads to general elections, resonates well with Odinga’s continued call for free, fair, credible and trouble-free elections,” the conference organizers said.

ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) addresses supporters in Eldoret on October 15

ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) addresses supporters in Eldoret on October 15, 2021.

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