Gusii leaders have called upon Kenyans to stand with President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight for the Maritime boundary between Kenya and Somalia.
The leaders led by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri said it is unfair to have such happen when Kenya and Somalia should be creating a united neighbourhood.
Speaking at the funeral of long-serving Lawyer Evans Monari, Ongeri added that Kenya should not accept the verdict.
“We are not going to let it go down that way. Anything touching on our boundaries touches on Kenyans, and that is why we have to stand up as Kenyans and shout against the grab,” Ongeri said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka who said, Kenyans and President Uhuru Kenyatta will not let the verdict stand.
Onyonka argued that the dispute is an outcome of pressure from developed countries who want to invest in the precious waters.
“We know some of the developed countries have interest in the Indian Ocean for fishing and mining purposes, that is why they have piled pressure on the government of Somalia to start boundary battles with Kenya but, we will not allow that.”
Various leaders called upon interior CS Fred Matiang’i to assure President Uhuru Kenyatta not to give in to the verdict or any pressure because Kenyans are behind him.
“We are calling interior CS Fred Matiang’i to take a message of our position as leaders and, the people of Kenya that we are behind him. We will not allow anyone to take our land and step into our territory just like that,” said Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri.
Borabu MP Ben Momanyi said it is not over and Kenyans will push for justice to reign in the Maritime dispute.
“The verdict that has just been given in favour of Somalia does not mean we keep quiet and watch our borders being interfered anyhow. We are behind President Uhuru, Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa and interior CS Fred Matiang’i to ensure we are served justice on the maritime conflict, ” Momanyi said.
By Darlington Mose