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Raila quits 2022 debate

Tim Nyabande
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A file photo of Raila Odinga. [Source/PSCU]

Opposition leader Raila odinga has quit debate on the 2022 succession politics.

Raila, through his spokesman, said he will not engage in local politics ahead of the 2022 elections due to his new appointment to the African Union Commission.

“To provide the required leadership in this critical area, and in line with his previous pronouncements, Mr. Odinga wishes to reiterate that he will not engage in Kenya’s succession politics ahead of 2022,” a statement by Otieno on Monday said.

Raila said he is focused on uniting Kenyans through his initiative with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Odinga wants to dedicate the next couple of years to building infrastructure across the continent through his new office and uniting Kenyans through the Building Bridges to the New Kenyan Nation (BBI),” the statement adds.

Raila was appointed High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa as announced on Mashujaa Day by President Kenyatta.

His remarks come a few days after Kenyatta hit out at MPs for engaging in endless politicking at the expense of development.

While on a visit to his Mt Kenya bedrock, the head of state said a section of leaders were ‘loitering’ instead of working for those who elected them.

He also said he will shock people in 2022 by his choice of successor.

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