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Raila set to given special office in handshake deal

Opposition chief Raila Odinga is poised to handed a fully-furnished office in Nairobi, with staff and advisers to boost his local presence and unity programmes as part of his truce with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to The Star,the government is said to have already identified a building along Harambee Avenue which is already undergoing renovations in anticipation of Raila’s enhanced roles.

Office of the Deputy President ,William Ruto, is located along the same Avenue.

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The newspaper has also established that Mr Odinga is set to be named as African Union Special Envoy following his peace pact with President Kenyatta, effectively elevating him to a continental statesman.

Uhuru is personally leading the lobbying at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa and Commission chairperson Moussa Faki is said to have agreed to appoint Raila to the position.

As a special envoy of the AU chairperson, Raila will also have an office in Addis but with frequent travel across the continent to mediate in peace negotiations and conflict resolution.

Once appointed to the influential position, Raila will join the elite club of eminent and respected Panafricanists, including former presidents Thambo Mbeki [South Africa], Olesugun Obasanjo [Nigeria], Festus Mogae [Botswana] and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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These are among several statesmen who have often been dispatched by AU to lead efforts to solve emerging political conflicts across Africa.

Currently, the AU has about 13 special envoys with specific assignments in various jurisdictions across the continent, including those responsible for countries facing civil unrest and inter-clan conflicts.

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