Kenya will not have any direct access to the international waters in Indian Ocean if Somalia has its way in the boundary dispute pitting the two neighboring countries.
Somali moved to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in august 2014 to contest about 100,000 square kilometres that move diagonally to the South of Kiunga into the sea surpassing the current boundary that Kenya and Somalia in Indian Ocean.
The court is yet to rule on the matter but Kenya is accusing Somalia of auctioning off oil and gas blocks in the disputed maritime territorial area that still belongs to Kenya. The auction allegedly took place in London, UK on 7th February 2019.
Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia Lt. General (RTD) Lucas Tumbo and ordered Somali envoy back to his country over claims that Somalia auctioned oil and gas blocks in disputed territory.
According to a diplomat with inner knowledge of the issue, Kenya stands to lose heavily economicaly if the dispute is settled in Somalia’s favour.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat said if the boundaries are redrawn as demanded by Somalia, the Kenya/Somalia maritime boundary will run across Kenya waters up to Tanzania waters, making Kenya a landlocked country.
He said: “It is untenable. It means all ships coming to Mombasa and Lamu Ports will have to pass through Somalia waters. Somalia Navy will in future be patrolling up to waters just straight from Mombasa”
He added that Kenyan fishing industry would suffer greatly since Kenyan fishermen in Indian Ocean would have access to the international waters.