President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will protect the country’s territorial integrity by all means, saying he does not recognise the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling.
President Kenyatta tore into the judgment firmly stating that Kenya rejects it in totality and would not recognise the court’s findings.
“While Kenya is not surprised at the decision, it is profoundly concerned by the import of the decision and its implications for the Horn of Africa region, and international law generally…The decision embodies a perpetuation of the ICJ’s jurisdictional overreach and raises a fundamental question on the respect of the sovereignty and consent of States to international judicial processes. International tribunals have jurisdiction ONLY to the extent of CONSENT by a State” he said in a strongly-worded statement issued from the US moments after addressing a United Nations Security Council meeting.
He assured as the commander in chief, he was committed to solving the issue amicably while urging for calm stating that the government was seized of the matter.
“I do not intend to abrogate my solemn oath; and, I will do everything possible as President and Commander-in-Chief, to preserve the territory of this our great Republic and bequeath the same, intact and unencumbered, to the next President when my term expires in less than a year’s time” he said.
He noted that the judgement would obviously strain the relations between the two countries.