How Kenya bungled Somalia border talks


How Kenya bungled Somalia border talks. Kenya bungled negotiations. That might have led to an amicable answer to the raging dispute. Over its maritime border with neighbouring Somalia. The Each day Nation can reveal.

All indications level to the very fact. That authorities tasked with dealing with the problem didn’t take critical. The preliminary talks initiated by Somalia.

Now Somalia seeks. To make use of Kenya’s personal statutes.  Amongst them the Territorial Waters Act 1972. The Maritime Zones Act 1989. And the Interpretation and Common Provisions Act. To advance its declare for about 150,000 of maritime waters within the Indian Ocean.

In line with a number of interviews. And memorials filed on the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ). The negotiation staff led by officers from. The Lawyer Common (AG). And the Kenya Worldwide Boundaries Workplace (Kibo). Slept on the job.

And due to this. Kenya now dangers dropping a vital chunk of land to its neighbour, and even paying billions of shillings in compensation.

Poor Diplomacy

The officers didn’t simply dilly-dally and delay; they even stalled the bilateral talks between July to August 2014, and this compelled Mogadishu to hunt ICJ’s arbitration.

“When the United Nations requested Kenya whether or not Somalia ought to go forward with the case, Kenya mentioned “sure”, and this was an enormous mistake,” says a supply aware about the bilateral talks.

Thus, Kenya allowed Somalia to maneuver to the ICJ headed by Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, a Somali. This seems to have put the nail on any transfer to have the case settled outdoors the courtroom.

In line with highly-placed sources, Kenyan authorities didn’t deploy the requisite diplomatic instruments to dissuade Somalia from shifting to the ICJ.

”I feel we confirmed indicators of naivety in the beginning. There are individuals who felt it was time to make cash moderately than pursue the curiosity of the nation,” mentioned the supply.


Through the negotiations in March 2014 by to July 2014, which understandably wolfed up Sh3 billion, Kenyan delegations would comprise 50 members in opposition to Somali’s two.

And since the AG didn’t do a lot to have the problem resolved amicably and in time, the torpid Kibo — identified to have failed over the Migingo Island problem — seized the chance solely to later bungle up the negotiations.

“That they had a mentality that this was a small case, and that Somalia was a failed State that couldn’t deal with the problem,” in keeping with the supply.

There should have been disconnect between Kibo and the AGs workplace then headed by Prof Githu Muigai.

Instructively, Kenya didn’t attend a vital follow-up negotiation’s assembly in Mogadishu.

The officers in control of the negotiations didn’t even ship an apology for Kenya’s absence, and when Somalia requested for different dates, Nairobi went mute.


The primary assembly, on February 19, 2014, was between then-Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi, adopted by a collection of others in March and July that yr.

However Kenya was a no-show on the scheduled August 25-26, 2014 assembly in Mogadishu.

“Somalia subsequently made repeated inquiries relating to the standing of the Second Joint Report, and sought affirmation that Kenya’s delegation to the following spherical of negotiations in Mogadishu would arrive as scheduled.

Kenya didn’t reply; it by no means signed the Second Joint Report, nor did it ship its delegation to Mogadishu for the scheduled talks”, says the Somalia Memorial to the ICJ.

Somalia concluded that additional negotiations could be pointless. It subsequently took the choice to hunt decision of the dispute in accordance with worldwide regulation.

Delay Techniques

Somalia seems to be inserting the blame on Kibo Chief Juster Nkoroi, who was the top of the Kenya delegation to the discussions.

Implicitly, had been Kenya to lose the case, it received’t be as a result of Somalia may have put up a splendid present at The Hague; will probably be as a result of Kenya undermined its personal effort by greed, naivety, and sheer incompetence.

One way or the other, Nairobi’s strategy to the case exposes despair, panic and unpreparedness moderately than firmness and confidence, as demonstrated by the latest try by the federal government to have both the ICJ postpone the hearings at The Hague for a yr or the 2 events embark on contemporary negotiations outdoors the judicial system.

By Daily Nation ,


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