Raila Flexes Muscles With Exclusive Mombasa Meeting

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AU Special Envoy Raila Odinga flanked by Infrastructure CS James Macharia (in white shirt) in Mombasa on Tuesday, January 14.

African Union Special Envoy for Infrastructure Raila Odinga has convened a meeting of ministers from three countries involved in the Lapsset project.

In a post on his social media pages on Tuesday, January 14, Odinga announced that he had called the government officials to deliberate on issues involving the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor project.

The meeting, held at the Sarova Whitesands in Mombasa, features ministers from Sudan and Ethiopia led by Kenya’s Infrastructure CS Michael Kamau. 

AU Special Envoy Raila Odinga flanked by Infrastructure CS James Macharia in Mombasa on Tuesday, January 14.

“Convened the first ministerial meeting of LAPPSET countries aimed at establishing a representative Steering Committee as an umbrella body to coordinate its implementation. Our nations will not be the same once the program takes off as a regional and multinational enterprise,” Odinga announced on Twitter.

According to the project’s website, the LAPSSET Corridor Program is Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

This mega project consists of seven key infrastructure projects starting with a new 32 Berth port at Lamu (Kenya) and Interregional Highways from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba (South Sudan), Isiolo to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and Lamu to Garsen (Kenya).

It also involves a Crude Oil Pipeline from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba; a Product Oil Pipeline from Lamu to Isiolo and from Isiolo to Addis Ababa, and 3 International Airports: one each at Lamu, Isiolo, and Lake Turkana.

The Lapsset project envisions an Interregional Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba, Isiolo to Addis Ababa, and Nairobi to Isiolo, and 3 Resort Cities: one each at Lamu, Isiolo, and Lake Turkana.

The project also plans to feature an ambitious multipurpose High Grand Falls Dam along the Tana River.

Odinga’s ventures in the coastal region take place minutes away from where President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation on Tuesday morning.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

He announced new changes in the cabinet that saw Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri lose his Cabinet position and CSs Monica Juma of foreign Affairs and Rachel Omamo of Defence swap positions.

He also appointed a number of Principal Secretaries and Cabinet Secretaries in sweeping changes to the cabinet.

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