THE BIG QUESTION: Will the Uhuru Kenyatta Government allow Kenya to lose its maritime borderline to Somalia according to ICJ?
The International Court of Justice on Tuesday ruled on a long-running border dispute between Somalia and Kenya, redrawing their maritime boundary in a way that awards Somalia a potentially resource-rich area.
The United Nations’ highest court in The Hague, largely upheld a complaint by Somalia, one that considers the judgement to be binding and without appeal.
Kenya had previously declared that it would not recognise the ruling, warning of serious security consequences in the region and boycotting the public hearings in March.
Somalia brought the case to the court in 2014, demanding a ruling on the maritime border.
At stake was primarily an area of about 100,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean with potentially high oil and gas deposits.
Kenya vehemently opposed the neighbouring country’s claims for a border adjustment, explaining that the maritime border ran horizontally, parallel to the latitude.
Both countries had also agreed on this, Kenya said. But Somalia disputed this and wanted the border to be drawn south-east, in an extended line to the country’s border.
Somalia had also demanded compensation for damages, as Kenya had already granted mining licences to foreign companies, which the court rejected.
Now that Kenya has refused to recognize ICJ’s jurisdiction, it’s not clear what will happen as the court can’t enforce its ruling! It will written in uhuru’s tenure that he lost part of land to Somalia.
If Uhuru declares war against The Federal Republic of Somalia elections will be postponed for 6 months and eligible for another 6 month postponment.
President Uhuru Kenyatta can play it that way and say he’s defending Kenya’s territorial borderline.