Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, on Wednesday, unveiled a notice on behalf of the house concerning the Kenya-Somalia Maritime dispute.
The Garissa MP’s motion petitions the Kenyan Government to resolve the Maritime dispute and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation, in accordance with Articles 5, 241(3), 255 of the Constitution.
The MP gave the following resolutions on behalf of the assembly concerning the longstanding feud.
As the first and most preferred option, it would engage 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 Africa Community(EAC)
It will express to the United Nations, the Republic of Kenya’s protest against assertation of jurisdiction over the International Court of Justice over the maritime boundary conflict
Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya, noting Kenya’s express reservation to jurisdiction made in 1965 and the provisions of Kenya’s Maritime Zones Act to delimit the maritime boundary through agreement as envisaged by UNCLOS
Kenya will then explore other lawful and constitutional mechanisms for protecting the territory of the republic, including deploying the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) 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.
The nation would continue to uphold and protect its boundaries unless the People of Kenya resolve, by way of Referendum, to alter the territory of Kenya as contemplated under the article 255(1)(b) of the constitution The border dispute between the two countries may hamper current efforts in the continuing construction of a border wall between the two countries, the fight against piracy, as well as against Al Shabaab.