Fiery opposition activist Miguna Miguna has taken a swipe at Raila Odinga after his appointment as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
Miguna claimed that the NASA leader had been appointed “as the Cabinet Secretary extraordinary for AFRICAN FUNERALS, BURIALS and ROADS”.
The firebrand lawyer said Raila’s new role amounted to being appointed to travel all over Africa attending funerals.
He didn’t stop there as he also took a dig at President Uhuru Kenyatta, faulting him for congratulating the former Prime Minister.
Miguna opined that the appointment by the African Union would amount to nothing terming it conmanship.
“But surely, all roads in Africa are constructed by INDIVIDUAL African countries, each with a ministry of roads. This type of conmanship must end…Which African roads is he going to inspect?” Miguna wrote.
He further alleged that the ODM leader had been paid 50 billion after last year’s hotly contested elections that saw him (Raila Odinga) take an oath as ‘The People’s President’.
The AU appointed the ODM leader as High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa on Saturday.
AU Chairperson Moussa Mahamat said the move would 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.
Raila will work to support and strengthen the efforts of the Commission’s relevant Departments and those of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), within the framework of the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).
PIDA was endorsed by the Assembly of the Union in January 2012.
The NASA leader’s mandate includes mobilising further political support from Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders on the continent.
The self-declared NRM general fell out with Raila after he was arrested and deported out of the country.
His attempts to re-enter the country resulted in a 3-day standoff at JKIA with Raila failing to guarantee his return.