Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai. The country has dismissed Somalia’s claim to a large maritime zone off its Indian Ocean coast, insisting it is an afterthought not backed by law. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION
Attorney-General Githu Muigai said Kenya has kept its offshore activities within the established marine boundaries.
Kenya had sought dismissal of Somalia’s application on grounds that the ICJ had no jurisdiction in the matter but the court, in a majority decision, authorised the case to proceed and gave Kenya up to yesterday to file a response.
Somalia’s case is being seen in the context of looming global conflict over natural resources as better technologies lead to better search and extraction of resources from the sea, including oil.