Raila Jets Out for Africa Trip

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past trip.
    ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past trip
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  • ODM leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, October 28, jetted out of the country for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a trip that will last for two days.

    Odinga's Communication Director, Denis Onyango, stated that the former Prime Minister was expected to have a meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi in his capacity as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development in the continent.

    "The two will review progress on the Grand Inga Hydropower project,” reads the statement.

    Raila Odinga (Left) with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nairobi. December 10, 2019.
    Raila Odinga (Left) with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nairobi. December 10, 2019.
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    Odinga will be expected to rally support for the Inga Hydropower as a continental project.

    The visit follows discussions by the two leaders in June last year of the virtual multinational and multi-sector forum on the Grand Inga.

    The project aims to unlock the world's largest hydropower scheme and is part of the vision to develop a continental power system that is key to Africa’s manufacturing and value addition ambitions.

    The dam has been touted as Africa's biggest water project.

    The project includes eight separate dams with a power output of 43,500MW and is expected to cost $80 billion (approximately Ksh8 trillion).

    The relationship between the Congolese president and Kenyan politicians has been on the upward trajectory in the recent past.

    In January 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta was the only Head of State during the inauguration of Felix Tshisekedi in DRC.

    Reports indicated that the state had invited 17 other Presidents including Tanzania, CAR, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Ethiopia Sudan, Sudan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Haïti among others.

    However, the 17 other countries sent representatives to the ceremony which took place at the state's Presidential Palace in Kinshasa.

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also attended the inauguration.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Right) with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo at State House, Nairobi. December 10, 2019.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Right) with President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo at State House, Nairobi. December 10, 2019.
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