Kenyan ambassadors stationed across the African continent have received a directive to actively promote Raila Odinga’s candidacy for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship. This directive aims to bolster Odinga’s chances of securing the seat in the February 2025 elections.

According to National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, these ambassadors and retired diplomats have been instructed to leverage their extensive networks and contacts across various African countries to advance Odinga’s campaign.

Wetang’ula emphasized the importance of envoys in popularizing Raila Odinga’s bid, highlighting that the government is fully committed to ensuring his success in the upcoming elections.

Addressing attendees at Rabuor Primary School in Kisumu County during the homecoming event for Kenya’s ambassador to Egypt, Fred Outa, Speaker Wetang’ula underscored that Raila Odinga’s candidacy is not an individual endeavor but a government-backed initiative.

Ambassador Outa, expressing gratitude to President Dr. William Ruto for his appointment, pledged to spare no effort in rallying support for Odinga’s bid during his tenure in North Africa. He outlined plans to engage with leaders in Eritrea to garner backing for Odinga’s candidacy.

Outa urged his diplomatic counterparts across Africa to treat the campaign with utmost seriousness, recognizing its significance for both Raila Odinga and Kenya as a whole.

Raila Odinga, if successful, will succeed former Chad Prime Minister Moussa Faki, whose term concludes in February.

Several leaders present at the homecoming ceremony commended President Dr. William Ruto for his inclusive approach in appointing individuals like Fred Outa, ICT Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo, and Interior Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Raymond Omollo to key government positions, despite the region not heavily supporting him in the 2022 general elections.