Pan-Africanist now seeks removal of ICJ judge over Kenya-Somalia case

A Kenyan based Pan-Africanist has filed a case against the president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf over claims of subjudice.

David Matsanga, a Ugandan national on Monday argued that the judge should be cited as the judge allegedly commented about the case outside court and conflict of interest because he is a Somali national.

He observed that the comments by the judge posed a potential ‘risk of an unbalanced and a biased outcome’ in the case.

“We have interest in the Kenya/Somali case as regional natives of the East and the Horn of Africa,” he said.

He added, “As a Somali national, his heart falls near Somali,” adding that the judge had been addressing matters pending before the court in forums outside the court.

Matsanga further argued that his organization, The Pan African Forum viewed the statement as roadside shows that makes the President of the ICJ not fit to preside over the matter between Kenya and Somalia.

“We call upon the government of Kenya not to take part in the proceedings on September 9, 2019 if the President of ICJ will be on the panel because this will create a miscarriage of justice,” he said.