When the maritime dispute between Kenya and Somalia hit a crescendo, Kenya’s Attorney General Kihara Kariuki on Wednesday pulled a joker card. He wrote to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), confirming Nairobi’s earlier decision not to take part in oral submissions, protesting the scheduling.
The war-torn Somalia had sued Kenya at the ICJ based at The Hague, seeking to redraw their maritime boundary in the Indian ocean from the current easterly parallel line of latitude to a diagonal border based on the line of equidistance.
However, what was unknown to many is that Kenya’s decision was informed by revelations that Norwegian-Somali cartels who are eyeing rich offshore Kenyan gas fields were behind the maritime suit.
Africa24.news has uncovered details showing that the plot to illegally capture the Kenyan gas reserves was cleverly put together by the cartels working together with a local Kenyan lawyer who was tasked to assemble a team of more corrupt officials who would assist in the venture.
When it was discovered that the biggest offshore gas reserves lie on the Kenyan side of the East African coast, senior cartel members approached Nairobi-based lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi and disclosed their heinous plan to push the international boundary to the Somali side. In a leaked conversation released by Kenyan sleuths and seen by Africa24.news, a Norwegian woman is heard telling the lawyer that the cartel is “ready to buy any politically connected individual who will betray Kenya for profit and ensure the gas-rich waters end up on the Somalia side.”
CCTV footage covertly obtained by Kenyan intelligence units also shows Ahmednasir preparing dinner for the Norwegians at his home in the upmarket Karen suburb of Nairobi. Days later, the outspoken lawyer would post pictures on his Twitter page boasting about his cooking prowess. Little did Kenyans on the social media platform know that he was entertaining cartel bosses out to disenfranchise their country.
The Norwegian Embassy in Kenya would later release a hard-hitting statement warning that the Norwegians conducting explorations in the East African coast were part of a “notorious global cartel that exploits corrupt systems in some third world countries, so as to exploit and actually steal natural resources and minerals.”
Furthermore, the residents of the Kenyan coastal cities of Mombasa and Lamu would lose their fishing rights if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) agreed with Somalia’s argument on the maritime boundary case against Kenya. Fishing is the basic source of livelihood for at least 75 per cent of the residents. The Kenyan Coast would also not have recreational fishing, affecting tourism, a vital sector not only for the region but the country at large.
The latest findings reveal that Kenya’s pullout from the ICJ trial is not only justified, but also defines how such international disputes should be approached in the future. The world has learnt that there is always a hidden hand pushing such cases with the aim of illegally dipping their hands on a country’s cookie jar.