Kenya’s decision to host criminal sparks another Somalia-Kenya row

Somali government has accused Kenya of “political and security interference” following recent events in Gedo and Lower Jubba regions.

In a statement, Somali ministry for information said it is “regrettable” and not helpful for the relations.

The ministry accused Kenya government of using contingent in AMISOM mission to “interfere domestic politics and distablise security” of Somalia.

The borders of the two countries are controlled from their respective capital cities and the two countries should jointly work on how their two people live in peace and prosperity, whatever differences between the two countries there are legal ways to resolve,” the statement reads in parts “The maritime border dispute between the two countries, Somali government insists to allow the court to carry out its work and wait for the verdict of the court.”

The move comes amid Kenya military plane carried Abdirashid Hassan Janan from Kismayo town to Nairobi without permission from Somali government.

On Tuesday, a military plane carrying Janan has landed in Beledhawo town.

Kenya and Somalia had a long-protracted dispute over a maritime boundary.

In 2014 Somalia sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice.

Late 2017, Somalia won its first bid to resolve a case over a maritime dispute before the ICJ.

Last year, the International Court of Justice approved a request by Kenya to delay public hearing of its maritime boundary case with Somalia.

ICJ pushed the case to June 8, 2020 and warned that there will be no further delays.

This was the second time that Kenya has been granted a postponement request with the hearing having been pushed from October to November.


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