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What Kenya Should Possibly Expect After ICJ Ruling That Favoured Somalia In Maritime Dispute

Kenya lost the maritime dispute case with Somalia that involves 10,000 kilometres of the ocean land rich in oil and gas. The maritime case which dates back in 1979 was long settled in favour of Kenya but Somalia rekindled the dispute back in 2014. Kenya lost the case yesterday with Somalia being the biggest winners in the case. Despite the ruling on the case, both heads of states from Kenya and Somalia had conflicting statements with Somalia president Farmajo agreeing to the ruling while president Uhuru Kenyatta took a different path on the case. President Uhuru defied the ICJ ruling and declared that Kenya will not surrender an inch to Somalia and will be determined to protect its territorial integrity.

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With the two presidents welcoming the ruling on a different angle, the outcome might as well bring in different results affecting the two countries. With Kenya losing the case in court, the country has one way left to protect her borders, deploying the KDF to safeguard the disputed maritime against inversion by Somalia government. Somalia has been listed as one of the failed states in the world and pulling up a successful manpower to protect her territorial integrity might be a challenge to them and therefore a need for reinforcement for the implementation of the ICJ ruling.

UN Troops photo/courtesy


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is part of the UN and fully supported by the UN including the UN forces. If need arises that will require the UN to implement the judgement by one of its agencies, the ICJ, then a reinforcement in the disputed area might be an option and Kenya might as well be left with limited chances to defy the ruling by the ICJ. This article presents an opinion shared and the possibilities of the outcomes of the ruling by ICJ and not the actual facts that might follow after the ruling.

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