Expert advises Raila Odinga to withdraw from AUC Chairperson contest for being too old

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Expert advises Raila Odinga to withdraw from AUC Chairperson contest for being too old

Governance expert Peter Kagwanja has advised ODM leader Raila Odinga to withdraw from the African Union Commission chairmanship contest.

On KTN News, March 6, Kagwanja stated that Raila Odinga’s age would be a disadvantage for him in the role of AUC chairperson.

The legal scholar highlighted that AU summit meetings typically take place during early hours like 3 am or 4 am, posing a potential challenge for the ODM leader due to his age.

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Kagwanja suggested advising the former prime minister to find someone else for the role, emphasizing that accepting the AU seat would be akin to going into exile.

“It is not in order to take a CEO’s job that requires 24 hours in a day. And this is what AU is. Summits 3am and 4am. Raila will be 80 years old, one month by the time he is voted in. And he has four years. Is this really the right choice to be a CEO at almost 81 years? Let people advise the former prime minister to look for something useful, not to send him to exile at his age,” Kagwanja said.

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Kagwanja diminished the enthusiasm for the AUC chairperson role, asserting that it’s not as prestigious as perceived. He explained that the position involves taking orders from two other organs, essentially turning the holder into an ‘errand boy.’

“We’ve got the head of state, the summit chair, and the AU executive, which is like a Cabinet. The CEO, who chairs the commission, takes orders from these two groups. So, essentially, this person is like an errand boy, and people are taking it out of proportion,” he stated.

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Expert advises Raila Odinga to withdraw from AUC Chairperson contest for being too old

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