By Beauttah Omanga and Ben Agina
President Kibaki has capped his sustained diplomatic offensive against the International Criminal Court by summoning envoys in strategic Western capitals to Nairobi for a secret brief on his deferral strategy.
It builds on the Sh31million shuttle diplomacy Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said the President assigned him, to rally African countries behind Kenyaâs push for one-year deferral of the cases â Ocampo Sixâ may face.
The Standard established that Kenyaâs Ambassadors and High Commissioners to European, Asian, Latin American States and America, as well as select African countries, would be tasked with ensuring the Government succeeds in securing the deferrals.
Some of the envoys are already in town and are scheduled to attend two meetings next week. The first meeting will be at the Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters, while the second one will be held at Harambee House where President Kibakiâs offices are located.
We could not, however, establish whether Kibaki will attend the Harambee House meeting or other Government officials will make presentations.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Wamoto confirmed several envoys have been summoned to Nairobi for high-level meeting but added the meetings were "routine".
He also admitted that the ICC issue would be on the agenda because it was a Foreign Affairs issue that was "alive".
"We have a wider agenda for the ambassadorsâ¦as you know ICC is a live issue and naturally we will deal with it," explained Wamoto on phone.
The move is aimed at influencing other nations outside Africa to buy Kenyaâs argument for the cases against the " Ocampo Six" pending at The Hague be delayed for a year, to allow establishment of a local tribunal competent to handle post-election violence crimes.