May 17, 2022

Uhuru rejects ICJ judgment on Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has rejected the judgment made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia.

The President rejected the ICJ ruling  it in totality and said that it will not recognise the court’s findings.

“At the outset, Kenya wishes to indicate that it rejects in totality and does not recognize the findings in the decision. The decision embodies a perpetuation of the ICJ’s jurisdictional overreach and raises a fundamental question on the respect of the sovereignty and consent of States to international judicial processes,” Uhuru said in a four statement page.

The statement comes after the top U.N. top court on Tuesday ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part of the Indian Ocean.

The Head of State said that International tribunals have jurisdiction only to the extent of consent by a State.

Uhuru promised to stand by his oath of office to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“This decision is, in the circumstances, a zero-sum game, which will strain the relations between the two countries. It will also reverse the social, political and economic gains; and potentially aggravate the peace and security situation in the fragile Horn of Africa Region,” Uhuru said.

Uhuru added that the decision by the World Court will strain relations between Kenya and Somalia.

He said Kenya will pursue the issue through the African Union such as the African Union Border Programme and its Peace and Security, architecture, in addition to other bilateral arrangements.

“Fellow Kenyans, when I became President on 9th April 2013, I took an oath to protect the territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya. I do not intend to abrogate my solemn oath; and, I will do everything possible as President and Commander-in-Chief, to preserve the territory of this our great Republic and bequeath the same, intact and unencumbered, to the next President when my term expires in less than a year’s time,” he stated.

 

 

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