Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua has finally broken his silence on the termination of Raila Odinga’s African Union (AU) infrastructure job.
Mr. Gachagua who spoke in Mombasa during the launch of the Taifa gas on Friday revealed that Odinga lost the job because of his endless involvement in the demonstration activities.
According to the Deputy President, the public rallies are doing more harm than good to the former prime minister. “Huyu mzee hii maandamano inamtia hasara kubwa. Yeye amekua na kazi kubwa ya AU infrustructure akaipoteza kwa sababu ya maandamano,” he said.
The news of Raila losing his job at the African Union has been marred by conspiracy theories with those allied to the Kenya Kwanza claiming that he was fired while Raila maintaining that he is the one who sent his resignation letter in a bid to focus on other commitments.
“During our meeting on the sidelines of the 2nd Dakar African Infrastructure Financing Summit in Dakar, Senegal about three weeks ago, I indicated the challenges to my continued availability for the role of AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa. In that regard, I welcome your quick action that will free me to pursue other pressing and urgent matters,” he said.
Raila termed it an honour to have been appointed special envoy by the Union, adding that he is proud of the work he had done towards the transformation of the NEPAD Agency to African Union Development Agency-NEPAD.
“It has been a great pleasure and honour serving our continent and our people and addressing Infrastructure development,” Odinga said, “I am proud to have made a contribution to the transformation of the NEPAD Agency to African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, among other contributions during my tenure.”
“Many challenges remain, including the inaction by the continent’s leadership and vested interests outside the Continent that are only too keen to keep Africa in its present condition. Hopefully, the continent will overcome these.”