Kenya pushing for CHOGM boycott
|Kenya is quietly lobbying African countries to boycott the upcoming 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 15 to November 17, 2013, the Star website reported.|
|Diplomatic sources told the Star that Kenya is pushing the move over the union’s failure to take a decisive stance against the prosecution of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the ICC.Already, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia have been roped into the plan and may miss out in the meeting. South Sudan and Burundi which had launched bids to join Commonwealth have suspended their bids indefinitely.
“Kenya is determined to force in a favorable and decisive action against the ICC trials against its president and deputy president. The Commonwealth miss would be part of this bigger agenda which the world must appreciate has been forced on Kenya by the court,” the source added.
Another government source confirmed: “It is almost a foregone conclusion by now that Kenya will not show up. And with it, East Africa and other African countries. By that time, the president is supposed to be at the ICC. The deputy president will be in charge here.”
courtesy – lankasrinews.com