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President Uhuru Kenyatta responds to ICJ ruling

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday affirmed that Kenya rejects in totality and does not recognize the findings in the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Maritime border case with Somalia.

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“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.” The President said.

Kenya accused the court of substantive and a persistent procedural unfairness from a biased Bench; and the denial of the right to a fair hearing, forcing it to withdraw its participation in the public hearings on 14th March, 2021.

Nairobi similarly averted the risk of another imposed jurisdiction by withdrawing its recognition of the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ, and would only reconsider this withdrawal when pragmatic reforms are instituted in the administration of international justice.

Kenya and Somalia are neighboring States, with a common border, and communities with shared social, cultural and religious practices. The President called for the international community to create an enabling environment for the pursuit of a negotiated settlement.

“This decision is, in the circumstances, a zero-sum game, which will strain the relations between the two countries.

It will also reverse the social, political and economic gains; and potentially aggravate the peace and security situation in the fragile Horn of Africa Region.” He added.

President Kenyatta swore as the Commander in Chief to “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.”

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Matiang’i asks leaders to take responsibility for supporters’ actions during elections

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said that leaders will be held personally liable for actions their supporters will be involved in.

Speaking during a meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Judiciary, and officials from the Interior Ministry, the CS said action will be taken against such leaders, including petitioning the IEBC to disqualify them from vying for public office.

“We will be presenting to the relevant agencies evidence and information we have of individual political actors who are engaged in incitement and mobilizing groups of people to disrupt meetings and they should take individual responsibility,” Matiang’i said.

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Kenyans to enjoy reduced electricity tariff by 33 pc by December

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The Ministry of Energy has put in place a detailed plan for reforms that will see the energy sector provide the citizenry with electricity that is accessible and affordable for both domestic and industrial use.

The Cabinet Secretary for Energy Amb. Dr. Monica Juma said the Government, through the Ministry of Energy is reviewing ways of generating energy that is of low cost and reducing tariffs for industries and domestic consumers while protecting the environment.

She said energy is a critical enabler to the government’s ‘Big Four’ Agenda, a need that has made the government to focus on addressing all the challenges facing the sector and in particular, boosting the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), to enable it provide effective services.

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IEBC continues experiencing low voter registration turnout

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Over 4.5 Million Kenyans are yet to register as voters even as mass voter registration exercise enters week 3.

Only 1.5 million voters have registered so far, with the exercise expected to close next week.

IEBC commissioner Justus Nyang’aya said this today in Nyeri county during the registration exercise at the Nyeri Maximum Prison in King’ong’o where the commission sought to register voters in the prison.

 

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