September 6, 2019,

In an opposing view, a colleague has a different legal take. “As reckless as the statement [Minister Awad’s] might seem, I think it is prudent and smart way to show that you respect the ICJ Court. The statement does not say otherwise, but that the Somali Government welcomes the two month postponement. In addition, Somalia will have a say, if Kenya later requests further unnecessary and uncalled extention, which I think Kenya will do it [again].

Basically, Kenya wants to exhaust all options before the Court proceedings restart. In my opinion, the two months Kenya received is not enough time to mobilize expert team that could prepare, familiarise and handle the case. There are thousands of documents to read and understand before the team goes in front of the Court in order to argue and defend the [Kenya’s] case. It is a huge case. I think this extension is not the last one. Kenya will seek more time.

Imagine if Kenya comes back and says that it is unable to get an expert team that is willing to take case. That does not mean that Kenya is not abusing the system and wasting the Court’s time and resources, because they are. What Somalia needs to think is “what next”. Kenya will do everything that is possible to undermine the process”

Ciise Dhoolawaa contributed to this article and provided the legal expertise on the issue.

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