Azimio leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, May 23, left the country for the United Kingdom (UK).

In a statement by his spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, the opposition leader will give a keynote speech at the University of Oxford during the Oxford Africa Conference 2024. 

“At the annual event, Mr. Odinga will deliver a lecture titled: Forging Africa’s Future: A Journey of Resilience and Renewal,” Onyango stated.

He further added that the former Prime Minister will address political stability, economic growth, equity, and social cohesion while highlighting stories of resilience and examples of renewal from across Africa.

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, who also accompanied the opposition leader, said that he was honoured to be invited as one of the panelists in the conference, which is dubbed ‘Navigating Democracy Dynamics in Contemporary Africa: Addressing Challenges and Embracing Opportunities’.

“Honored to be invited to a panel at this year’s Oxford University Africa Conference alongside Baba who will be giving the Keynote address,” Sifuna remarked.

The conference will kick off on Friday, May 24, at Rhodes House in the University of Oxford, UK.

Raila’s visit to the UK came hours after he hosted Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya Maarten Brouwer, and his Egyptian counterpart Wael Nasreldin Attiya at his Karen residence.

The former Prime Minister noted that the meeting focused on the potential for a stronger, more united Africa, emphasizing the need for continental integration, increased trade, and infrastructure development.

“I had the pleasure of hosting H.E. Maarten Brouwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, and H.E. Wael Nasreldin Attiya, Ambassador of Egypt to Kenya. I articulated my vision for Africa in our evolving global environment and my bid for the African Union Commission chairmanship,” said Raila.


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