The Leader of Majority in Parliament Hon Aden Duale and Leader of the Minority in Parliament Hon. John Mbadi have today submtted a motion to the parliament of their 12TH meeting of 3rd parliament session to engage with the Federal government of Somalia to resolve the boundary dispute for the benefit of both countries and the region, through diplomacy and dispute resolution mechanisms available under African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and East African Community (EAC) charter on boundary dispute resolution.
According to the motion statement seen by Diplomasia News Kenya expressed itself to the United Nations that the Republic of Kenya’s protest against the assertion of jurisdiction by the International Court of Justice over the maritime 4 boundary conflict between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya.
Kenya Ambasador to Somalia State
“Kenya’s express reservation to jurisdiction made in 1965 and the provisions of Kenya’s Maritime Zones Act to delimit the maritime boundary through the agreement as envisaged by UNCLOS,” reads part of the statement.
The statement further reads that the federal government of Somalia never raised any objection with the boundary as established until 2014, claiming part of Kenya’s maritime zone, by filing a case against Kenya at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) without giving an opportunity to negotiated settlement or any other alternative dispute resolution mechanism including negotiations as provided for under UNCLOS of which both the Republic of Kenya and the Federal Republic of Somalia are signatories is tantamount to betrayol of brotherhood and neighbourhood.
The report further indicates that under constitutional mechanisms, Kenya is ready to protect its territorial intergtity, including deploying the Kenya Defence Forces to the subject boundary to undertake the responsibility of protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic as contemplated under Article 241(3) of the Constitution.
we are following up on this for further reaction from AU, EAC and Somalia government. However, its clear just as the report afirsm. Somalia government have betrayed the brotherhood and good neigbour spirit that existed between the two Countries by claiming the maritime boder only after Kenya reported the immense Oil and gas deposits found in the blocks.
It also goes against the spirit of the EAC community of dispute Resolution. we reached out to Hon.Duale and Hon.Mbadi for Comment on this before publishing this.Both their phones and twitter handle were never answered.