Uhuru, Raila Attend 11th African Union Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on Saturday attended their first international event together.

    The duo was spotted during the opening of the 11th African Union Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa.

    Raila attended the conference in his capacity as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

    Also in attendance was South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    Uhuru noted that the Summit was geared towards pushing for reforms in the African Union.

    "Summit is expected to consider and approve the expanded proposals on AU reforms and also on the recommendations made by the Executive council. Reforms include the composition of the commission and criteria of electing members of the commission," he stated.

    The summit focuses on reforms and restructuring of the continental body. 

    "The Assembly will consider and make decisions and declarations based on the outcomes of the 20th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council meeting, held from 14 -15 November 2018.

    "Main topics covered by this summit include AU Institutional Reform, reform of the AU Commission, the mandate of the AU Development Agency (AUDA), and Financing of the African Union," reads a statement on the AU website.

    Raila's job description involves supporting and strengthening the efforts of the AU Commission’s departments, planning and coordinating the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

    He is expected to mobilise political support from member states and regional economic communities.