Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uhuru to Somalia: ‘Not an inch less, not an inch more’

In a seemingly terse warning to neighboring Somalia this month awarded by a UN Supreme Court to a section of a maritime triangle claimed by Kenya, President Kenyatta said his government would protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“We have seen territorial aggression against the inviolability of our borders on many occasions. Some were driven from within, others from without. But the message from our founding fathers to these aggressors was simple: “Not an inch less, not an inch more.” Republic of Kenya, “declared the President.

In a speech in which security and territorial integrity take precedence over other national ones Seeming to have matters, the president said Kenya had increased its security over the past eight years and even improved the police-to-citizen ratio recommended by the United Nations.

In a speech at Wang’uru Stadium at Kirinyaga District during the Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Kenyatta said his government was committed to handing the land over to the next generation as it was given and not relinquishing an inch of its territory.

“Our resolve Founding fathers sounds true today as it did then. And we as Kenyans say this because we are a nation that is satisfied with the generosity of our land and also with the splendor within our borders, ”added Mr. Kenyatta.

ICJ judgment

That comes barely a month after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) passed a ruling ordering the redesign of the maritime border between Kenya and Somalia in favor of Somalia.

Kenya had insisted in court records that its maritime border be removed with Somalia is in a line due east of the point where the two countries in the Indian Ocean meet.

However, Somalia replied that the sea border should follow the direction of their land border.

The case over the 150,000 square kilometer area was brought to the United Nations Supreme Court in 2014 by the then President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Muhamud, and concerned an area teeming with fish, natural gas and oil, over which global corporations and power are concerned e mouth watering reportedly.

Somalia’s President Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo) welcomed the ICJ ruling and urged Kenya to respect the ICJ ruling, which was essentially a call on Kenya to to cede part of its territory.

However, Kenya had long withdrawn from the ICJ case. The verdict insisted that the court was not impartial as one of these judges, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf from Somalia , had previously expressed partisan views suggesting that he was biased on a matter on which he was to rule.

Justice Yusuf has been with the ICJ since 2009 and served from 2018-2021 President of the UN Court of Justice.

Military base

Kenya had this before withdrawing from the ICJ case, also insisted that Somalia had in the past regarding the maritime border between Kenya and Somalia themselves agreed on the status quo, a view that the court rejected in its judgment of its President Joan Donoghue on October 12th.

In the course of the ICJ proceedings in the absence of Kenya, the Kenyan government tightened its border security, including upgrading Manda Bay Station on the north coast to a full military base.

The upgrading of Manda to a military base last month came at a time when Kenya said it was awaiting a negative judgment from the ICJ, that it would reject “in its entirety” was seen as part of an effort to step up surveillance at the border ahead of the expected negative verdict.

The official position given for raising the Manda base was, however, the need to provide protection for the new port of Lamu and the transport corridor Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia.

And yesterday Mr. Kenyatta declared the territorial integrity of Kenya to be inviolable it is regarded as the legacy of the founding fathers.

In a speech full of jewels of folklore and full of symbolism, the head of state quoted founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as calling for future generations not only to defend their country, but also “architects of the Future “.