Raila Odinga has revealed that he stepped down from his role as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure due to the demanding nature of the job.
Speaking in an interview with KTN News on February 28, the former Kenyan Premier disclosed that he found it challenging to balance his duties at the AU with his responsibilities within the country.
The job required him to travel frequently, which he said consumed much of his time and affected his ability to effectively serve both roles.
Despite facing opposition, Raila requested that the AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki release him from his position.
He also clarified that he was not fired from the job, as some leaders from Kenya Kwanza had speculated, led by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Raila’s tenure as the High Representative for Infrastructure came to an end on February 19, and the news of his resignation was made public five days later, on February 23.
He had been appointed to the role in October 2022.