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Raila Odinga's hidden card in deal for top African Union Commission job

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga speaks to the media in Nairobi on February 15, 2024 as he formally declared his interest in the African Union Commission chairmanship.

Photo credit: Lucy Wanjiru | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Current African Union Commission boss Moussa Faki’s term ends this year and elections for his successor expected to take place early next year.
  • Top government officials, led by President Ruto, have been quietly lobbying regional leaders to back Kenya’s bid for the AU top job.
  • The Commission is the AU’s Secretariat involved in the day-to-day running of the continental body and the chairman is the most powerful bureaucrat.