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Why President Uhuru Kenyatta's Stand on Maritime Court Ruling is Too Late For Kenya-OPINION

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reacted to the International Court of Justice's ruling on the maritime dispute between Kenya and Somalia by saying "he will do anything" within his powers to protect the territory of Kenya.

The court gave a ruling that favoured Somalia's wish by splitting the disputed region that Kenya owned.

"I will do everything possible as President and Commander-in-Chief, to preserve the territory of this our great Republic. We beseech the rest of the family of Nations to appreciate and respect our inherent right to protect, by all available means, our territory," said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Too late for Kenya

After the court gave the ruling, a ruling that has no appeal, Kenya has nothing remaining to lean on and claim the region, said to be rich with gas and oil.

In my personal opinion, I believe President Uhuru Kenyatta's vow to protect the boundaries won't be so helpful, this is because Somalia has been given part of the ownership of the disputed region, and now has the powers to do what they want in the region, including leasing the place to powerful nations.

We understand that nations use their military capabilities when it comes to protecting boundaries, and in this case, Kenya has more military muscles than Somalia.

However, since the disputed area is said to be full of gas and oil, powerful nations could want to gain a fortune from the same and will do whatever it takes to protect their interest, including approaching Somalia to have the region on mutual benefits.

Assuming it is the powerful USA, China, Russia, who are after the gas and oil in the region, will Kenya and President Uhuru Kenyatta as the commander in chief, manage to stand against these powerful nations? The answer is NO.

Somalia could decide to enter an immediate agreement with, for instance, the USA so that companies from the USA are deployed on the disputed waters to mine the mineral, it is obvious the USA government will deploy its powerful military to protect its companies.

Currently, Somalia enjoys support from several powerful nations, including Turkey, UK, USA, which train Somali soldiers. All these nations are after natural resources from Africa, and with such an opportunity, it will be accepted with open arms.

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