Raila Odinga Addresses His Supporters Amid Potential Departure To Addis Ababa  

Azimio party leader Raila Odinga has addressed growing concerns within the coalition regarding his potential departure to serve in the African Union Commission. Amidst speculation surrounding his leadership role, Odinga assured coalition members that he remains available for consultation, should he vacate his position.

 The discussion arose during the county government’s investment conference in Homabay County, where the looming possibility of Odinga assuming the chairmanship of the African Union Commission sparked apprehension within the opposition ranks. In response, Odinga emphasized his readiness to collaborate with coalition members, emphasizing the importance of continuity in their shared objectives.

“I am available whenever I’m called, and I am ready to work with you people. But what is important is that we must ensure that what we set out to do is eventually achieved,” stated Odinga during the conference.

 However, Odinga’s potential departure has prompted speculation about his successor within the coalition. Kalonzo Musyoka, leader of the Wiper Party, expressed his readiness to assume leadership responsibilities should Odinga step down. Yet, he faces competition from former governors and ODM deputy party leaders Hasan Joho and Wycliffe Oparanya, adding complexity to the succession process.

 Despite media reports suggesting sibling rivalry within the Azimio coalition, particularly following the adoption of the NADCO report by Parliament, Kalonzo dismissed such claims. He emphasized the coalition’s unity and downplayed internal conflicts, attributing any discord to external influences.

 Looking ahead, Odinga’s 2024 agenda is focused on lobbying for the AU chairmanship, diverting attention from local politics. With crucial elections looming next year, Odinga’s legacy hinges on securing support from African heads of state, a task he appears determined to pursue.

 Meanwhile, Odinga’s recent statements regarding a meeting with President Ruto and Ugandan President Museveni have sparked controversy. While initially claiming that Museveni invited him for joint talks with Ruto, Odinga later asserted that he initiated the meeting to seek Museveni’s support, raising questions about the nature of the discussion.

 Odinga has until April to formalize his application for the AU chairmanship, a role for which he currently stands unchallenged. As the deadline approaches, speculation continues to swirl within the coalition regarding Odinga’s potential departure and its implications for the opposition’s leadership structure.