As the Jubilee Alliance government top two leaders struggle to find foothold in world politics, even with massive government diplomatic artillery behind them, top leaders in the country’s opposition are increasingly making strategic global appearances. Good for Kenya!
Since losing the 2013 elections under what the opposition CORD maintains was another ‘tainted polls’ rigged by government functionaries, the CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have each attended powerful international meetings, assignments and causes.
Kalonzo was last year appointed the head the Commonwealth Electoral Observer Group to Sri Lanka.
Raila Odinga has been to several conferences both in Africa, Europe and the United States.
In Africa, Odinga was invited by the faculty of University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he delivered a powerful speech on Africa’s next 50 years. He is currently in the USA where he has held prestigious meetings and speech appearances in top universities of North America.
Joining this list is NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua, also a former presidential candidate, who will be leading the Kenyan delegation toÂ The Role of Women in Emerging African Democracies – Rowead conference in Lagos, Nigeria.
Rowead, whose theme is toÂ Â ‘arouse the consciousness of women and their roles in building strong democracies and democratic values in Africa’ will see US First Lady also contribute via a video link. Karua was chosen as part of prominent women in business, politics, media and academia from the African continent whose experiences can be used to ‘reignite’ the mindset of women in achieving stable democracies in Africa.
While in Lagos, a source close to the Nark Kenya leader told this writer she will powerfully remind President Goodluck Jonathan that some 200 abducted schoolgirls are still missing.
“A threat to the girl child is a threat to humanity,” Karua’s aide added.
Are the two jubilee leaders peerless in the global arena? President Uhuru is yet to make a mark in the world outside AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. His Deputy, William Ruto already has a hustler jet scandal waiting to blow out in 2017. Others yet to make a maiden move outside Kenya include Musalia Mudavadi and Peter Kenneth.
Good luck Iron lady of Kenyan politics!