We Won't Give Our Land To Anyone- Uhuru To Somalia

The Head of State visited a Multi-Agency taskforce undergoing training at the Boni Forest on Wednesday, July 21.

We Won't Give Our Land To Anyone- Uhuru To Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that Kenya is willing to protect her boundaries on land or at sea against any nation.

The Head of State visited a Multi-Agency taskforce undergoing training at the Boni Forest on Wednesday, July 21.

President Kenyatta reiterated that despite Kenya being a peace-loving nation, it will not tolerate any attempt by foreign nations to invade any of its international borders whether on land or at sea.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visits the Multi-Agency taskforce undergoing training at the Boni Forest on Wednesday, July 21. /PSCU

“We will not accept any one claiming ownership of any part of our land. Just as we have respected boundaries of other countries, we expect that our borders and land are equally respected.

"We are ready to protect the peace of our country just as we are ready to protect that of other countries," he stated.

President Uhuru spoke while referring to the dispute between Kenya and Somalia over a 160,000 square kilometers area in the Indian Ocean said to be rich in oil and gas.

On March 14, 2021, Kenya backed out of the maritime border case with Somalia before its scheduled hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, Netherlands, citing bias.

Kenya had expressed doubts in procedural fairness in its letter to the ICJ Registrar stating that it would affect the deliverance of justice in the matter. This was after the ICJ refused Kenya's request to be allowed more time to constitute a new legal team.

Kenya also accused Somalia of having sinister motives in the border dispute. In addition, it claimed that Somalia has been driven by a selfish agenda to expand their borders.

During the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2019, Uhuru asked President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to consider dialogue and negotiation as an option of resolving the maritime border clash.

Efforts by the African Union and Security Council have failed to get the two countries to settle the matter outside of court.

Before the border dispute, Kenya and Somalia have enjoyed kind relations with each other, owing to the war against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at a beach as he visits the Multi-Agency taskforce undergoing training at the Boni Forest on Wednesday, July 21. /PSCU