A senior member of President William Ruto's government has stated that Raila Odinga's recently terminated tenure as Kenya's representative to the African Union cost the Kenyan government at least Sh2 billion.
The office of Mr Odinga, the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development, has denied the allegations, saying that no taxpayer funds were utilized to support his work.
On October 20, 2018, with the support of then-President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Odinga was named to the high-profile job, putting him at the center of Africa's bid to assure the completion of its transnational highway corridors and realize its ambition of a continental high-speed train.
Majority Leader in the National Assembly Kimani Ichung'wa claimed that the government had spent Sh600 million each year to manage Mr. Odinga's AU post, sparking heated debate. He said that this sum had been sent from Kenya via the continental organization with its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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