Kenyan American Professor Makau Mutua says Kenyatta to respect ICJ ruling

A Kenyan-American professor Law Makau Mutua.

A Kenyan-American professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law was its dean from 2008-2014. He teaches international human rights, international business transactions and international law. He is vice president of the American Society of International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relation.

Prof Makau Mutua said on Twitter ruling on the border dispute with Somalia — in spite of the court’s reliance on illegitimate colonial cartography — Kenya must remember that respect for the rule of law matters most when it’s inconvenient to you. Nairobi needs to accept and move on.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has rejected a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya.

The court ruled that the demarcation line between the two countries should be as straightforward as requested by Somalia, rather than the demarcated line as requested by Kenya’s fraudulent claim.

Commenting on the decision, Kenyatta said the result was a one-sided one, and said Kenya did not accept or recognize it.

Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo urged Kenya to respect the international rule of law after the UN’s top court handed Mogadishu control of most of a potentially oil- and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday following a bitter row with corrupt Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta.