President Kenyatta outlines next move after ICJ ruling in favour of Somalia
President Uhuru Kenyatta has responded in a statement on the judgment made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the maritime border row between Kenya and her neigbouring country Somalia.
The president, who is currently in the United States, downplayed ICJ’s ruling saying that Kenya rejects it in totality and would 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,”
“International tribunals have jurisdiction only to the extent of consent by a State.”
Considering that ICJ is the final court to determine judjement for such cases, President Kenyatta said that the decision would strain relations between Kenya and Somalia.
“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,”
the statement further reads.
Kenyatta accused ICJ of failing to permit the use, let alone the exhaustion, of regional dispute resolution mechanisms, “despite the existence of a robust African Union legal framework on border issues and dispute settlement.”
According to the President, Kenya will pursue the matter through the institutions of the African Union such as the African Union Border Programme and its Peace and Security, architecture, in addition to other bilateral arrangements.
It was a huge blow to Kenya Tuesday when the ICJ ruled in favour of Somalia over a maritime border row with Kenya.
According to ICJ, there is no evidence to show Somalia submitted to Kenya’s use of latitude and longitude to determine maritime borders.
ICJ said that using Kenya’s method would not result in equitable determination of the maritime borders with Somalia.
Kenya’s claim that delimitation would endanger the livelihoods of fishing communities was not founded, ruled the ICJ.