Moussa Faki Mahamat who is the Commission chairperson said the decision was taken mainly to pattern with Africa through infrastructure.
“His mandate includes mobilizing further political support from Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders,” he said.
Raila Odinga will now work with the intention of strengthening the AU’s departments and those of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of New Partnership for Africa’s Development.
“Raila will pay particular attention to the missing links along the transnational highway corridors identified as part of the Trans-African Highways Network, with a view to facilitating their development and modernization,” He added.
The African Union is pleased to have Raila Odinga who brings in his rich political experience and strong commitment to the ideals of Pan-Africanism and African integration.
Raila worked as Energy, Roads, Public Works, and Housing minister between 2001 and 2005 in Kenya. Raila accepted the call by the African Union Commission and promised to serve.
Raila’s office will be in Addis though his role will be comprised of several travels across the world.He will also have an office in Nairobi Kenya with staff and advisers to work out development strategies with Uhuru.