MPs now want Kenya to deploy KDF to sort out Somalia border row


President Uhuru Kenyatta will deploy the military to the contested Kenya-Somalia maritime border should a motion tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday is approved.
The motion by Majority Leader Aden Duale and his Minority counterpart John Mbadi is seeking to commit the government to use all means in its disposal including the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to guard the maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean, against Somalia’s encroachment.
“…this House resolves that the Government of the Republic of Kenya explores other lawful and constitutional mechanisms for protecting the territory of the Republic, including deploying the Kenya Defence Forces to the subject boundary to undertake the responsibility of protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic as contemplated under Article 241(3) of the Constitution,” reads part of the motion signed by the two House leaders.
However, before engaging the military, Duale and Mbadi want the boundary dispute to be resolved through diplomacy and dispute resolution mechanisms available under various international treaties including the AU, IGAD, and EAC.
Once approved, President Kenyatta will have no otherwise but to deploy the military at the disputed border.


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