Kenya will not surrender even an inch to Somalia despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) having declared that Somalia has full rights to the oil and gas-rich contested part of the Indian Ocean.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said that Kenya will remain adamant in reclaiming its land and property irrespective of the ruling.
He said that Kenya’s territorial integrity must be respected locally, in the region and beyond.
Speaking at Mataara tea factory in Gatundu North, Kiambu County, Munya stated that Somalia was deceivingly using the international court to deny Kenya its rightful land.
He said that the move by the neighbouring country was also meant to devastate Kenya’s economy but urged Kenyans to join hands and defend what is rightfully Kenya’s.
“They are trying to use international courts to destroy our country. We will not surrender even an inch. Our territorial integrity must be respected across the globe,” he said.
Munya was reacting to a case filed by Somalia against Kenya over contested parts of the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in oil and gas whose ruling was delivered yesterday, a week after Kenya announced having revoked recognition of the ICJ’s jurisdiction.
The case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, concerns a maritime boundary dispute over more than 100,000 sq km (nearly 40,000 sq miles) of seafloor claimed by both countries.
In March, Kenya boycotted public hearings in The Hague.