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Kibaki unleashes five ministers to lobby for deferral of Kenya ICC cases

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The second phase of Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka’s diplomatic offensive to defer the International Criminal Court case against the ‘Ocampo Six’ begins this weekend. The Vice-President leads the Kenyan delegation to New York Sunday to present Kenya’s request for deferral to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. Those heading for a series of lobbying meetings with UN Security Council members in the West are Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgey, Transport Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Higher Education Minister Hellen Sambili and Njeru Githae (Nairobi Metropolitan).The ministers will thereafter join the Vice-President in New York on Tuesday, for the meeting with Ban Ki Moon. Dr Kosgey and Prof Sambili will head to Brazil, while Mwakwere and Githae will start from Lebanon, then proceed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then head to Portugal. "The Vice-President will leave tomorrow night, but there will be another delegation to China, Russia and India in the next two weeks," said a highly placed Government source. The British and US envoys in Kenya have suggested that their countries would not support the deferral at the UN Security Council. But the Government still expresses confidence that the two countries would still be lobbied into changing their minds. "They have not said they would veto the request. That means we would continue to push for their support because they are friendly countries with good intentions," said Kalonzo’s personal assistant. Members of the Security Council have four options: Support, abstain, vote against or veto such a proposal once it has been tabled..continue here www.eastafricaradiousa.com