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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 8:00
UPDATE : Video : Kenya denies reports that it planned to boycott CHOGM
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The Kenyan government today denied reports that it was lobbying African countries to boycott the 23rd Commonwealth Head of State Summit to be held in Sri Lanka.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said Kenya has already embarked on preparations for the summit and no doubt will be represented at high levels of government.

The statement said The ministry, therefore, wishes to confirm that Kenya takes its membership to the Commonwealth very seriously and would not do anything that would jeopardize that relationship.

Local newspaper Star reported that the East African nation was quietly lobbying the continent over the Commonwealth s failure to take a decisive stance against the prosecution of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the International Criminal Court.

The report said Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia have already been roped into the plan and may miss out in the meeting.

However, the Kenyan Foreign Ministry refuted such a move, terming it a fabrication and speculative.

UPDATE : Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

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Kenya asks African nations to boycott CHOGAM showing protest against the British camp.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 08:00 AM

KENYA is quietly lobbying African countries to boycott the upcoming 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 15th to November 17th.

Diplomatic sources told the Star that Kenya is pushing the move over the unions failure to take a decisive stance against the prosecution of 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.

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