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Kenyan PM Raila Odinga Blames AU for Africa's woes.

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    Raila blames AU for Africa's woes

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    Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the continental organisation has been vague in tackling issues affecting Africa and remained ineffective despite its reformation from the Organisation of African Unity.

    By AGGREY MUTAMBO amutambo@ke.nationmedia.com
    Posted Sunday, October 30 2011 at 22:00


    Prime Minister Raila Odinga has accused the African Union of failing to solve problems facing the continent, giving room to the West to intervene.


    Mr Odinga told an AU conference on Sunday that it would be pretentious to accuse the West of meddling in African affairs when those in charge have failed to secure their sovereignty.

    "Let us not blame foreigners, let us blame ourselves for failing to deal with African problems instead allowing others to offer solutions for us."

    Mr Odinga argued that the continental organisation has been vague in tackling issues affecting Africa and remained ineffective despite its reformation from the Organisation of African Unity.

    "It must stand up for Africa's people, and it must prove that it is not the same old OAU that was well-known for inaction," he said.


    Mr Odinga urged members of civil society groups to help improve Africa's situation by holding their governments accountable.

    The accusations came in the face of the Union's failure to deal with political challenges in member states, while at the same time being led by leaders of questionable character.

    The current chairman Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, for instance, has a record of unlawfully detaining and torturing his political opponents as well as massive corruption, according to the Transparency International.

    This, the PM argued was one weakness of the AU because it cannot punish other wrong-doers.

    In Zimbabwe the AU was conspicuously silent when Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF intimidated the opposition out of the presidential run-off in 2008. Mr Mugabe, who had lost in the first round, was re-elected unopposed, but sought a coalition government.

    Mr Odinga, who was once appointed to mediate in the post-election crisis in Cote d'Ivoire lamented that the conflict would have been solved earlier but for AU's cold feet.

    "The AU prevaricated very long on the situation, and failed to stand up for democracy and integrity in that country's elections."

    And when Libya plunged in turmoil, AU was reluctant to recognise the National Transitional Council after the death of Muammar Gaddafi.


    The PM said that despite Gaddafi being one of the strongest AU financiers, its dilly-dallying allowed "the life of Africa's most flamboyant leaders to end in a hail of bullets".

    Raila blames AU for Africa's woes*- Politics*|nation.co.ke
     
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    Prime Minister Raila Odinga delivers his keynote speech at the UNESCO Leaders Forum in Paris, France on October 27, 2011.


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    Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Mr Alain Juppe at his office in Paris on October 27, 2011. Mr Odinga is attending the Leaders Forum at UNESCO in France.


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    Prime Minister Raila Odinga meets Gabon President Ali Bongo on October 27, 2011 during leaders Forum at UNESCO in Paris, France. Looking on is Ivorian President Alassane Quattara (centre).


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    Prime Minister Raila Odinga plants a tree in commemoration of the late Prof Wangari Maathai. Looking on is French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.


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    Prime Minister Raila Odinga introduces Higher Education minister Margaret Kamar and her Education counterpart Sam Ongeri to Ivorian President Alassane Quattara in Paris during the leaders forum at UNESCO in Paris, France on October 27, 2011.
     
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    Who comprises the AU?
     
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    Na bado, they will miss the founder...
     
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    Mr. Odinga is Right. The "AU" has been quiet in many issues concerning Africans. It looks funny seeing "NATO" as the body trying to intervene in Libya. First of all, they "NATO" don't have the History and feeling of that country, and further more, don't know their leader other than "Dictator Muammar Ghadafi". It could have made much more sence for "AU" to have taken NATO's position in trying to solve Libya's plight. I believe had the AU been active, then the Libyan and other revolutionised african countries' outcome could have been different.
     
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    Odinga has a point, but why now?
     
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    Odinga is just looking for international coverage...sycophantic comments that western media wants to hear.Reading the article,you encounter cliches and nothing substantiave...just last week he was drumming support for the invasion of Somalia while it is clearly known that Kenya is fighting someone's war.
     
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    He is politician what did you expect!
     
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    You expected him to talk like Membe? Of course, we are all aware that that African politicians are sycophants and mediocre, but at least Raila has spoke something his fellow henchmen abhor to speak out about! Can anyone commend the current Chairman of AU for being in power for more than 2 decades? But still his fellow presidents in the AU club see him as a credible person to lead that body, whose main goals among other things, is to carter for development and sustenance of democracy in the continent??!
    AU is a club of floppy politicians...I am afraid
     
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    They have started pointing fingers to others. Kenya is the leading hypocritic country I've seen.
     
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    Merely speaking does not distinguish him from the rest of the hyenas we know.He is just another hyena...zero track record,a show man!
     
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    Raila needs to go to the dentist!..... for hair removal!!
     
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