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Raila Off to DRC For Another Meeting With Tshisekedi

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has left the country for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Raila who left the Country on Wednesday morning, October 28, will be in DR Congo for two days.

According to a statement from his Spokesperson Denis Onyango, Raila is visiting the DRC in his capacity as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development.

Onyango said that the former Prime Minister will hold talks with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi in concerns to the ongoing construction of Grand Inga Hydropower project.

“Mr. Odinga will have a meeting with President Felix Tshisekedi to review progress on the Grand Inga Hydropower project,” Onyango said in a statement.

ODM leader Raila Odinga at JKIA. Photo/Courtesy

Raila’s visit to DRC comes after a high-level virtual multinational and multi-sector forum on the Grand Inga that was held in June 2019.

The ODM boss is also expected to rally political support for the Inga Hydropower as a continental project.

President Tshisekedi had expressed his willingness to make the project continental.

Raila is also expected to pursued multinational corporations, potential off-take countries and different power pools to purchase the energy to be produced from the project.

He is expected to return to the country over the weekend.

In July, DRC doubled the size of its planned Inga 3 hydroelectric plant to make it more economical, after the $14 billion (Ksh.1.5trillion) project was hit by financing problems.

This project is part of a $50 billion-$80 billion project to expand hydroelectric dams along the Congo River.

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