Questions Arise Over Amount Ruto Will Spend for Raila’s Campaign

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Questions Arise Over Amount Ruto Will Spend for Raila’s Campaign

Critics have questioned the amount of money the government plans to spend on a campaign for Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga’s candidature for African Union Commission Chairman.

Raila, who returned to the country on Thursday evening at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), is anticipated to step up his campaign in the coming months to secure the votes of continental leaders.

On the one hand, President William Ruto has openly supported Raila’s plan, stating that his government will provide him with the resources he needs.

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However, the sum set aside by Ruto’s administration for Raila’s campaign remains unknown, with analysts doubting whether the government will break the bank to assure Raila’s triumph.

The effort will include investments in critical sectors like as diplomacy, promotion, and travel.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta spent more than Ksh437.7 million in the 2017 parliamentary budget to support former Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s ambition to succeed Moussa Faki.

This exceeded the allocated budget of Ksh385 million at the moment.

Despite these efforts, Amina fell to Faki in seven rounds of voting. According to reports at the time, Kenya’s defeat was caused by Uganda, Djibouti, and Burundi changing their votes at the last minute.

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In Raila’s case, he is projected to win with two-thirds of the 55 member states, indicating that the former prime minister must persuade regional leaders.

Raila spent the last ten days touring West Africa, Dubai, and the United Kingdom as part of his plan. Furthermore, it is expected that he would have a more hectic schedule in April and May.

Raila plans to formally submit his bid by April 15, 2024. Following that, he is expected to go Djibouti and Ethiopia to enhance his standing within the East African bloc.

In May, the former prime minister plans to visit Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, and Botswana. Furthermore, he intends to travel to South Africa after the country’s general elections on May 9, 2024.

President Ruto, on the other hand, is set to travel to Ghana and Zimbabwe in an effort to assist Raila’s campaign. A secretariat will also be formed to help the campaign.

The AU elections will be place in January 2025.

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Questions Arise Over Amount Ruto Will Spend for Raila’s Campaign

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