Kenya’s two presidents.At least one not on official capacity, but he is just as influential as the head of state.Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are leaving the country for foreign working trips.Whereas President Uhuru is headed to the North American country of Canada, Raila leaves for Europe where he will visit the UK and Russia, visits expected to last slightly over a week.
According to statement from Odinga’s communications team, the AU High Representative for Infrastructure will first touch down in the UK, where he is invited to give a keynote address at the world renowned Chathan House in London.He will be speaking on the Legacy of the former UN Secretary General the late Dr. Kofi Annan, a memorial event which runs between 3rd and 4th June in London.
Odinga will then directly head to St. Petersburg, Russia for the St. Petersburg Economic Conference at the invitation of the Russian government.There, he will address sessions on gobal Energy Sector Challenges and Opportunities, the Russia-Africa Business Dialogue focusing on Investment and Trade and Building a Network of High-Quality Roads.
President Uhuru on the other hand is scheduled to give a keynote addresses at several of the sessions during the Global Women Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Over 6,000 high profile delegates including world leaders are expected to attend the conference which will focus on exploring lasting solutions to challenges facing women, with gender equality issues expected to take centre stage.
The president will also hold talks with the Canadian PM on the sidelines of the global conference. This is the second time Trudeau is inviting Uhuru to Canada in a span of one year. In June 2018, the PM invited the Kenyan leader alongside other world leaders to attend the G7 Summit which addresses gender inequality, equity, climate change, security and the blue economy. During the summit Uhuru was also granted the opportunity to give a keynote speech.