Uganda Speaker Kadaga honored, Kenya’s Raila Odinga scoops top AU job


Speaker Kadaga with her award. PoU photo.

The speaker of Ugandan Parliament Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has been honored for her role in Africa.

“Rebecca Kadaga has been honored with an award at the London Political Summit 2018, to recognize the great work she has done as a Speaker in Africa,” a statement released by Parliament reads on Saturday.

The two days summit was organized by Ring for Change Foundation in collaboration with the London Metropolitan University.

Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga poses with her award in London. Photo by PoU.

The London Political Summit 2018 also honored Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga as esteemed leaders of African politics for their historic political sportsmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance.

Likewise, on Saturday, the AU appointed the ODM leader as High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

​AU Chairperson Moussa Mahamat said the move is expected to bolster economic growth in Africa.

“This decision is part of the African Union’s drive to expedite the integration of the continent through infrastructure, in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development. Raila brings with him a rich political experience and strong commitment to the ideals of Pan-Africanism and African integration, as well as a deep knowledge of infrastructure development,” Mahamat said in a statement.

In his acceptance speech, Saturday, Raila Odinga said in a statement below.

“Hon Raila Odinga wishes to thank the African Union Commission and the chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for the appointment to the position of High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa earlier today.

Hon. Odinga regards the appointment as a great honour that he is ready to take up with dedication and humility, well aware of the challenges that come with it.

Hon Odinga further expresses deep appreciation to President Uhuru Kenyatta for the support and promises to do all in his power towards the realization of the pan-African agenda that he and the president are passionate about.

Mr Odinga considers infrastructure, particularly roads and railways, running North to South, East to West of Africa, critical to opening up the Continent and making it the gateway to the 21st century.

With the support of all the relevant institutions and offices of the AU Commission and the Continent’s partners that he promises to work closely with, Hon Odinga promises to use the position to push Africa closer to the realization of the dreams of its founding fathers who envisaged a united and interconnected Continent that enjoys easy movement of goods and its citizens.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have reconciled. Photo credit Citizen TV.

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