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Fuel prices reduce as state reinstates subsidy

An attendant serving a motorist at Rubis filling station along Koinange Street Nairobi on October 14, 2021. The prices of petrol and diesel have decreased by Sh5 per litre.
Consumers have been handed a relief after the energy regulator on Thursday reduced fuel prices following the reinstatement of the fuel subsidy in what is set to relieve Kenyans from high cost of living.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) reduced the price of petrol and diesel by Sh5 per litre and that of kerosene by Sh7.28.
This means motorists in Nairobi will from midnight now pay Sh129.72 for petrol, Sh110.6 for diesel and Sh103.54 for kerosene, down from Sh134.72, Sh115.6 and Sh110.82 for the three commodities respectively.
“The maximum allowed petroleum pump prices in Nairobi for super petrol and diesel decrease by Sh5 per litre while that of kerosene decreases by Sh7.28 per litre,” Epra said in a statement.
“The prices are inclusive of the 8 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provisions of the Finance Act, 2018, the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020 and the revised rates for excise duty adjusted for inflation as per Legal Notice No. 194 of 2020,” the energy regulator said.
The new prices will see motorists in Mombasa pay Sh127.46 per litre of petrol, Sh108.36 for diesel and Sh101.29 while those in Kisumu will pay Sh130.12, Sh111.3 and Sh104.26 for petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively.
Meanwhile, those in Nakuru will part with Sh129.24 for petrol, Sh110.43 for diesel and Sh103.39 for kerosene, while those in Eldoret will pay Sh130.13, Sh111.32 and Sh104.27 for the three products respectively.
Fuel subsidy
The lower prices come following reinstatement of the fuel subsidy that had kept fuel prices stable from April before being lifted last month, pushing fuel prices to a historic high.
Epra has cut the oil marketers’ margin to Sh6.26 for petrol from Sh12.39 per litre last month, Sh5.5 for diesel from Sh12.36 and Sh7.73 from Sh12.36 for kerosene last month.
The fuel suppliers will be reimbursed from the Petroleum Development Levy Fund (PDLF), which is funded by the Petroleum Development Levy (PDL) that was increased to Sh5.40 per litre of petrol and diesel last year from Sh0.40.
The fall in prices also eases pressure that has building on the government to lower the high fuel prices, which saw top government officials hint a cut in the prices during Thursday’s review.

Cost of power

“In the coming days, you will notice significant changes in the cost of fuel. We are also targeting significant changes in the cost of power. We are streamlining and bringing about greater efficiency in the manner these organisations work,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday.
But this comes at a time Members of Parliament have proposed a raft of new changes on taxes and levies charged on fuel that will see the cost of the product significantly come down if they are adopted.
Lawmakers Thursday started the debate on the report of the Finance and Planning Committee that could provide a relief to the public on fuel prices.
Through the Petroleum Products (Taxes and Levies) (Amendment) Bill, 2021, MPs want a reduction of the PDL to Sh2.9 after revoking the Petroleum Development Levy Order, 2020 and amending the Petroleum Development Fund Act, 1991 to provide the amount that shall be charged for the levy.

Final say

The MPs also want to have final say on use of the PDL, with the National Treasury coming under pressure for admitting that it misallocated Sh18.1 billion from the kitty for use in upgrade of infrastructure facilities, drying the fund of monies to stabilise fuel prices in last month’s review.
The lawmakers also proposed a reduction of VAT on fuel from 8 per cent to 4 per cent, which would also significantly reduce fuel prices.
Meanwhile, the MPs also want the oil marketers’ margin cut by Sh3 per litre through amendment of the Energy (Petroleum Pricing) Regulations, 2010.
In Thursday’s review, this margin was cut by Sh6.13 for petrol, Sh6.86 for diesel and Sh4.63 for kerosene. –

Kongsberg: Five dead in Norway bow and arrow attack

Armed police on the streets of Kongsberg after an attacker opened fire on people with a bow and arrow
Four women and a man were killed and two others wounded when a man used a bow and arrow to attack them in Norway.
Police first received word of an attack in the town of Kongsberg, south-west of the capital Oslo, at 18:12 local time (16:12 GMT).
A Danish man aged 37 has been arrested and questioned for hours overnight.
Police said they had previously been in contact with him over fears of radicalisation after he converted to Islam.
The victims were all aged between 50 and 70, regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud told reporters on Thursday morning.
He said they were most likely killed after the police first confronted the attacker at 18:18.
Reports of the incident were “horrifying”, said Prime Minister Erna Solberg, hours before she was due to leave office.
“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasise that the police are now in control,” she said.
The attacker is said to have launched the assault inside a Coop Extra supermarket on Kongsberg’s west side. One of those injured was an off-duty police officer who was in the shop at the time.
A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a “serious incident” at their store, adding that none of their staff were physically injured.
Local police chief Oyvind Aas confirmed that the attacker had managed to escape an initial confrontation with police before an arrest was finally made at 18:47 local time, 35 minutes after the attack began.

Norway country profile

One witness told local outlet TV2 she had heard a commotion and seen a woman taking cover, then a “man standing on the corner with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand”.
“Afterwards, I saw people running for their lives. One of them was a woman holding a child by the hand,” she added.
Police have told Norwegian news agency NTB that the attacker also used other weapons during the incident, without giving more details on what they were.
The suspect moved over a large area, and authorities cordoned off several parts of the town. Residents were ordered to stay indoors so authorities could examine the scene and gather evidence. Surrounding gardens and garages were searched with the help of sniffer dogs.
The attack was Norway’s deadliest since far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, most of them at a children’s Labour Party summer camp on the island of Utoya in July 2011.

‘Completely inconceivable’

Kongsberg Mayor Kari Anne Sand said it was a shocking attack that had taken place in an area where many people lived, and that a crisis team would help anyone affected.
Describing the town as “a completely ordinary community with completely ordinary people”, Ms Sand said everyone had been deeply shaken by “this very tragic situation.”
The suspect was taken to a police station in the town of Drammen, where his defence lawyer, Fredrik Neumann, said he was questioned for more than three hours and was co-operating with authorities.
The suspect had a Danish mother and Norwegian father, he explained.
Norway’s outgoing justice minister Monica Maeland told reporters the police did not yet know whether or not it was act of terrorism and could not comment on details emerging about the suspect.
Police prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen told TV2 that the man had lived in Kongsberg for several years and was known to police.
The attack came on the final day of Erna Solberg’s conservative government, and a new justice minister takes over the case on Thursday under a centre-left coalition led by Labour leader Jonas Gahr Store.
Mr Store said it was a “gruesome and brutal act”, hours before announcing his new cabinet.
Norwegian police are not usually armed and after the attack the police directorate ordered all officers nationwide to carry firearms as an extra precaution.
Police were searching the Huseby area of north-western Oslo on Thursday following reports of a man being seen carrying a bow and arrow. Police stressed no-one had been hurt and there was no threat.
“The police have no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level,” the directorate said in a statement (in Norwegian).

Judge orders State to regularise Huduma Namba roll out

The High Court on Thursday declared the government’s rollout of Huduma Namba cards unconstitutional on grounds that no data protection safeguards were implemented by the Interior ministry.
Justice Jairus Ngaah has, however, gave the Interior ministry an opportunity to regularise the process by ordering that an impact assessment be done in relation to data collected from over 36 million Kenyans, many of whom have already collected their Huduma Cards.
Katiba Institute sued the Interior ministry last year seeking to block the rollout, arguing that no guarantees were given that Kenyans’ data is safe from abuse.
“An order is hereby issued to bring into this honourable court to quash the government decision of November 18, 2020 to roll out Huduma Cards for being ultra vires of the Data Protection Act, 2019.
An order of mandamus is hereby issued compelling the government to conduct a data impact assessment in accordance with section 31 of the Data Protection Act, 2019 before processing of data and rollout of the Huduma Cards,” Justice Ngaah ruled.
The Interior ministry had argued that the Data Protection Act came into place before plans to rollout the Huduma Cards were launched.
But Justice Ngaah has ruled that the Data Protection Act should have been enacted retrogressively. This means that the Interior ministry should have complied with the Data Protection Act once it came into force. –

Here’s a safer, affordable place to keep your most valued items

You don’t want to wait until disaster strikes before you think of the best place to safely keep your valuables. Some of these items – such as college transcripts, birth certificates, flash drives, business documents or title deeds – do not need much space to store. But should they get stolen, burnt in a fire or destroyed in a flood, agony sets in because they are vital and hard-to-replace.
Losing them aside, even misplacing them can be a nightmare. Imagine you have been invited to a job interview, but you can’t locate your vital documents. They could be in your house, but you don’t remember exactly where. You end up rummaging through your drawers, flipping your beddings upside down hoping that you mistakenly put them under the mattress. What do you do when you can’t find them in time?
You may even vow to keep copies in the ‘cloud’ should you lay your hands on them. At that time, you forget that in some places, you are required to present the original documents. Saving them on the ‘cloud’ may thus not be the solution to your problem.
Replacing these records – the one you can – will cost you money and time. Moreover, the process can be quite frustrating.
You should probably think about a safe deposit box that you can rent for a small sum annually. You will get security for a small cost.
These boxes are a great option for a number of reasons. For one, they are more secure than most people’s homes – whether it is against theft or disasters such as fires and floods. It’s harder for thieves to break into a bank to steal your safe deposit box. A bank has all manner of security mechanisms, including alarms, top-notch locks, CCTV surveillance and several barriers to entry. Additionally, the vaults that house safety deposit boxes are reinforced to withstand fire and floods.
Safe deposit boxes are individually secured containers. They are usually metal boxes housed in a financial institution.
The Co-operative Bank of Kenya, one such institution, offers safe deposit boxes. The service is intended to relieve the bank’s customers of the stress of losing a valuable document and the hustle of replacing the same. At a reasonable price of Ksh3,000 per annum, the institution offers the peace of mind that your valuables are safe.
This service is ideal for both individuals and corporate entities. The acceptable items under safekeeping include title deeds, insurance policy documents, academic certificates, marriage certificates, data back-up and motor vehicle log-books, among others.
The service comes in two options:

1. Renters’ safe-keeping boxes

Under this option, the Bank rents out a safe box of varying sizes – small, medium and large – to customers.
The client is assigned two keys and the box is accessible during normal working hours.
This is ideal for storage of title deeds, academic/marriage certs, data back-ups, logbooks, insurance policy documents and jewellery.
The requirements are the standard KYC for individuals and company, standing order form and an executed renters’ box application form.
The price is competitive at Ksh12,000 for a large box, Ksh8,000 for a medium box, and Ksh4,800 for a small box.

2. Branch safe-keeping of parcels

The service is available for Co-op Bank customers and is offered throughout the bank’s branch network.
The Bank accepts properly sealed documents in envelopes within legal discretion that what the client has provided is lawful.
This is ideal for the safe keeping of academic or marriage certificates, title deeds, insurance policy documents, log books and data back-up.
Competitively priced at Ksh3,000 per annum.
For additional information:
Email Co-op Bank via
Telephone (+254) 020 3276237/781 or 0711049237/781
You can also contact Co-operative Bank through its social media channels Facebook:
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Jimnah Mbaru firm to earn hefty fees in Uganda telco IPO

Dyer and Blair chairman Jimnah Mbaru.
MTN Uganda has picked Kenyan investment bank Dyer and Blair to assist with its Initial Public Offering (IPO) guaranteeing the local firm, owned by billionaire businessman Jimnah Mbaru hefty fees.
The Sh27.6 billion IPO opened on Monday.
Investors in Kenya can apply for shares through SBG Securities, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Stanbic Holdings Plc and Kenyan investment bank Dyer and Blair which is the lead retail broker.
“MTN Group (has) appointed SBG Securities Uganda Limited as transaction adviser and lead sponsoring broker, S&L Advocates as legal advisers, KPMG Certified Public Accountants as reporting accountant, Crested Stocks and Securities Limited, and Dyer and Blair Uganda Limited as lead retail brokers and Equity Stockbrokers Uganda Limited and UAP-Old Mutual Financial Services Uganda Limited as selling agents,” said MTN Group in the IPO prospectus.
Brokers earn commissions based on shares they sell.
The Business Daily could not immediately establish the exact commission Dyer and Blair would attract compared to the possible number of shares sold.
MTN, however, said the legal adviser S&L will take home Sh33 million (UGX1 billion) while the transaction adviser SBG securities will pocket Sh230 million (UGX7.4 billion).
Reporting accountants KPMG will earn Sh10 million (UGX328 million) while MTN will pay Sh30.9 million (UGX1 billion) to the Ugandan Capital Markets regulator for approval. Placement fees at the Kampala bourse are set at Sh303 million (UGX9.8 billion).
South Africa’s MTN Group is selling 4.47 billion shares in its Ugandan subsidiary at a price equivalent to Sh6.2 apiece.
The IPO is open to Ugandan investors as well as citizens of other East African Community member states, including Kenya.
MTN Uganda will sell a fifth of its stake to investors.
The telecom, a South African MTN Group subsidiary, has received regulatory approvals to list 20 percent of its shareholding. –

Kenya’s ex-world record holder Agnes Tirop found dead in Iten

Kenya’s Agnes Jebet Tirop (right) competes in the Women’s 5,000m race heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 30, 2021.
Tirop was found dead in her house on Wednesday morning, in what the neighbours said is a suspected homicide.
The 25-year-old long distance runner, was part of Team Kenya for the Tokyo Olympics where she finished just outside the medals bracket in fourth behind winner Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.
Kenya’s former women’s only world record holder in 10km road race Agnes Tirop is dead.
Tirop was found dead in her house on Wednesday morning, in what Athletics Kenya said is a suspected homicide.
“Atheltics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000 metres bronze medallist Agnes Tirop,” AK said.
“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track… We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.”
The 25-year-old long distance runner, was part of Team Kenya for the Tokyo Olympics where she finished just outside the medals bracket in fourth behind winner Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay.
The event saw athletes participate in the men’s and women’s half marathon race, men’s and women’s 10km road race and the 5km road race in both categories.
“I’m delighted by my performance because I didn’t expect to run a world record time. This is a good start as we start another season,” said Tirop after the race.
Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne then lowered the mark last week during the Giants Geneva 10km in Geneva, Switzerland, setting a new world record in 29:38 in a race that Tirop was second. Kenya’s steeplechase specialist Celliphine Chespol was third. –

Kenya’s options in Somalia border dispute after ruling

The International Court of Justice has set the stage for confrontation between Kenya and Somalia after Nairobi vowed to reject the verdict on the Indian Ocean boundary dispute with Mogadishu.
The ICJ on Tuesday upheld Somalia’s “equidistance” formula on the boundary demarcation in the Indian Ocean waters, effectively rejecting Kenya’s long-held position of delineation “along a parallel of latitude”.
“For the foregoing reasons, the Court considers that the conduct of Somalia between 1979 and 2014 in relation to its maritime boundary with Kenya, as examined above, in particular its alleged absence of protest against Kenya’s claim, does not establish Somalia’s clear and consistent acceptance of a maritime boundary at the parallel of latitude,” ICJ President Joan E. Donoghue said in his judgment on Tuesday.
“In conclusion, the Court finds that there is no compelling evidence that Somalia has acquiesced to the maritime boundary claimed by Kenya and that, consequently, there is no agreed maritime boundary between the parties at the parallel of latitude. Kenya’s claim in this respect must therefore be rejected,” he added.
Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogeto, who was in Kenya’s legal team before the country withdrew from the case during its hearing stage citing bias, immediately protested the verdict.
“They have purported to adjust the boundary. Somalia asked for equidistance, which they have adopted and ignored our parallel of latitude plea,” Mr Ogeto told the Nation yesterday after the judgment.
“They have attempted to adjust the equidistance line as proposed by Somalia, but that adjustment, to the extent that it disregards our insistence on the parallel of latitude, is inconsequential.”
“Based on that fact, we will not accept a situation where we lose even an inch of our land. What they purport to give us is minimal. It is inconsequential,” added Mr Ogeto.
On Kenya’s next course of action, Mr Ogeto responded: “We don’t recognise that decision.” Pressed further on whether Kenya would lodge a petition at the UN Security Council (UNSC), he replied: “We will review the judgment and deliberate within government on that decision.”
Kenya has several options going forward. One step the Kenyan government had earlier signalled it could take is to lodge a protest with the UNSC, where Nairobi took over a non-permanent seat in January.
Kenya is holding the rotational presidency this month. President Kenyatta yesterday chaired a session of the UNSC.
The United Kingdom has filed a similar petition to challenge the ICJ’s ruling that favoured Mauritius in the dispute over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), also referred to as the Chagos Archipelago. The UK has contested the court’s intervention.
As the case drew to a close, Kenyan authorities had vowed to circulate their protest to all diplomats, suggesting a campaign to discredit the proceedings at the time.
Kenya could resort to the diplomatic offensive such as that taken by the UK to stop implementation of the judgment and allow negotiations by the two nations to resolve the matter amicably.
Since Kenya was unable to halt the proceedings within the court’s legal mechanism, its options within the court process are limited. The world court’s operations stipulate that, a case may be brought to a conclusion at any stage of the proceedings by a settlement between the parties or by discontinuance. That didn’t happen, and yesterday’s judgment is final, binding on the parties and without appeal.
The only other recourse available after judgment is to apply for a review, which can only be allowed upon the submission of a new fact. Kenya had insisted there is a missing map that would bolster its case and undermine Somalia’s claim.
That would have fit in the realm of new evidence “of such a nature as to be a decisive factor” to occasion a review of hostile judgment.
That is an option now not available for Kenya because it has vowed not to respect the court’s verdict and termed the judgement a product of a flawed process. The only other option for Kenya would be to resort to defiance and refusal to comply with the court order.
In 2018, the US rejected the world court’s order directing that sanctions against Iran impacted humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety. And in 1986, the US had also attacked the court after it ruled America owed Nicaragua war reparations. In the Nicaraguan case, the US chose not to submit itself to the court’s jurisdiction. The US then used its permanent seat on the UNSC to veto resolutions demanding it observe the Nicaragua ruling.
In Africa, a land and maritime border row between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi Peninsula and areas in the Lake Chad Basin was the subject of a long-running territorial dispute.
Cameroon submitted the case unilaterally invoking the ICJ’s jurisdiction and, upon commencement of the case, Nigeria initially contested jurisdiction.
Like in the Kenya and Somalia row, Nigeria argued that both states had already agreed to settle the dispute through existing bilateral channels. Nigeria later participated fully throughout the ICJ proceedings.
The ICJ’s October 2002 judgment awarded Cameroon the Lake Chad boundary as well as the Bakassi Peninsula.
Nigeria, which won some maritime-related concessions, however, was reluctant to comply with sections of the judgment that didn’t go its way.
Faced with strong pressure from the international community, Nigeria at some point signalled the possibility of resorting to war, again, which saw world powers soften the hard line position that implementation of the ruling was not negotiable.
In the end, the international community asked Nigeria to ‘establish a dialogue with Cameroon to find a way forward.’
Kenya will hope its grandstanding will, equally, payoff. Kenya’s position has been that the two countries have expressly agreed on a method of settlement other than the Court for delimitation of their maritime boundary. –

Kenya joins US and UK in defying international court’s decisions

President Uhuru Kenyatta gives his remarks when he witnessed the signing of a Kenya-US private sector trade agreement in New York, USA on October 12, 2021.

By rejecting the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s ruling over a maritime dispute with Somalia, Kenya joins the United States, the United Kingdom and other states that have defied the United Nations body.

The UK voted against General Assembly resolution 73/295 that was based on the ICJ ruling of its maritime dispute with Mauritius, claiming the two were not the appropriate forums for resolving “what is fundamentally a bilateral matter” of disputed sovereignty between two states.

In the 2019 ruling, ICJ said the decolonisation of Mauritius was not lawfully completed with the separation of the Chagos Archipelago and called on the UK to end its administration of the islands. Despite the ruling, London maintains it has sovereignty over the archipelago and will only cede it when it is no longer needed for defence purposes.

The archipelago was separated from Mauritius in 1965, when it was still a British colony. Media reports say Britain purchased it for £3 million, creating the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). The UK then leased the land to the US, which runs a large military base on the main island of Diego Garcia.

The UK said the defence facility on BIOT plays a vital role against terrorist threats and piracy. The site hosts one of the world’s four GPS stations that are widely used for military and civilian navigation.

“Any action that potentially compromises the current or future operations of the joint United Kingdom and United States defence facility on BIOT should therefore be of concern to all States, given the important role the facility plays in maintaining regional and global peace and security — a role that Mauritius itself acknowledges,” the UK stated.

London said Mauritius representatives freely agreed to the detachment of the islands in return for a wide range of benefits, including fishing rights, marine resources, £3 million compensation paid to the government and direct compensation to landowners and others affected in addition to undertaking to cede BIOT when it is no longer needed for defence purposes.

London accused ICJ of considering a bilateral dispute without the consent of both concerned . It added that the court was setting new precedent that would have wider implications for other states.

In 2018, Iran filed a lawsuit against the US at ICJ, alleging that President Donald Trump’s decision to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violated a 1955 treaty between the two countries.

In its reaction, the Trump administration defied a decision by ICJ to hear the case and withdrew from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations between estates.

In 1984, the US defied an order by ICJ requiring it to end its military or paramilitary activities in or against Nicaragua on grounds that it had violated the obligations imposed by customary international law not to intervene in the affairs of another state.

The court had already made interim orders asking the US to immediately cease and refrain from any action restricting access to Nicaraguan ports and, in particular, the laying of mines. It also called on US to respect Nicaraguans’ right to sovereignty and political independence.

However, the US withdrew from the case after filing its submissions. Before the case could close, Nicaragua informed the court of its wish to discontinue with the proceedings, a decision that was welcomed by the US.

The ICJ is the UN’s highest court for resolving disputes between nations, but it has no power to enforce them. This has led to some disputing countries ignoring cases they have brought against each other in the past. –

ICJ rejects Kenya case in Somalia maritime border row

The disputed part of the Indian Ocean is thought to be rich in oil and gas
The UN’s top court has ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its long-running dispute with Kenya over their maritime border.
Kenya rejected the ruling “in totality” before accusing the International Court of Justice of bias.
The case concerned a 38,000 sq mile (100,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas.
The dispute has been at the heart of a diplomatic row between the neighbours.
In a tweet, Somalia’s Information Minister Osman Dubbe welcomed the ruling and congratulated Somalis on regaining their territory.
For the past four decades, Kenya has said its maritime border runs in a straight line east from where the two countries meet at the coast.
Somalia, however, argued in court that the sea frontier in the Indian Ocean should follow on in the same direction as their land border.
Somalia had also argued that Kenya had violated its sovereignty by operating in its territorial waters and demanded reparations.
The judges, however, rejected this argument.
The panel of 14 judges sitting in The Hague said that Kenya had not proved that Somalia had previously agreed to its claimed border.
Instead, they drew a new line which has split the disputed area in two.

Kenya Somalia border

Kenya has refused to recognise the ICJ’s jurisdiction. And since the court has no means to enforce its rulings, it is unclear what will happen next.
In a statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the ruling would “strain the relations between the two countries”.
In 2009, both nations agreed in a memorandum of understanding, backed by the UN, to settle the boundary dispute through negotiation.
But five years later, Somalia said the talks had failed and it went to the ICJ instead.
Before the judgment was delivered, Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled told the BBC that his country “believes in the rules-based system… that’s why we came to the court”.
The court is supposed to be the final arbiter in disputes between nations.
Now that Kenya has rejected the ruling, the issue could be escalated to the UN Security Council, reports the BBC Anna Holligan from The Hague.
Kenya argued unsuccessfully that the ICJ should not be involved as the 2009 memorandum of understanding was binding.
Then in March it refused to take part in hearings after having asked for a delay to brief a new legal team.
It also objected to the presence on the ICJ panel of a Somali judge, saying he should recuse himself.
Last week, Kenya’s government described the case as a “flawed judicial process”. It added that there was “inherent bias” and that the court was an unsuitable way to resolve the dispute.

The stalemate continues – Analysis

Neither country wanted this judgement, but Somalia is happier.
After all, it got a lot of what it claimed and Kenya did not want to give up anything at all.
Somalia’s information minister captured the mood with his congratulatory tweet.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s foreign ministry has told me it stands by last week’s statement that it does not recognise the court’s judgement.
Questions now centre on what next – and who can enforce the judgement?
Kenya has indicated that it is ready to go to war to defend its territory – a naval base near the disputed area was recently upgraded to a full military base.
Somalia has no navy. But it has friends.
Conflict however is not the first option.
Cue another round of talks, or a diplomatic showdown. Or both.

Married couple ‘truly sorry’ after ‘cheating’ at London Marathon

London Marathon 2021
A married couple have apologised after ‘cheating’ at this year’s London Marathon.
Monika Czarnecka and her husband Piotr were seen running the iconic 26.2 mile course together while wearing the same number (11250).
It was subsequently found that only Monika was registered for the event last Sunday on 3 October, with Piotr producing a fake race number in order to accompany her along the route to offer “moral support”.
The game was up after both runners posted their efforts on Strava before later deleting the entries.
The couple finished in 21,697th place in a time of 4:40:58 with Monika, from Buckinghamshire, telling the Mail: “I’m truly sorry for what we’ve done and didn’t want to cause any harm.
“The supporters were amazing, and their cheering and clapping helped me finish the marathon and it hurts to think that I’ve let them down.
“This was my first marathon and I needed Piotr’s support because I was worried sick that I wouldn’t be able to finish it.”
While Piotr moved to accept full responsibility, adding: “It was all my idea and I take full responsibility for it. I know it’s wrong and I’m truly sorry, but I did what I did to support my wife.”
A total of around 40,000 runners ran in the capital to The Mall, with a further 40,000 competing virtually.
Despite so many on the streets of London, acquiring a place can be notoriously tricky, with a record 457,861 applicants for the 2020 race, which eventually became the 2021 race due to Covid-19.
Those selected at complete random are then charged £49 ($66) (UK residents) to race.
With many left disappointed for years at their bad luck, an inevitable backlash on social media followed after the controversy involving the couple.
One tweet read: “I’ve had 9 rejections in 9 years. This kind of thing is incredibly frustrating. Next year is my last chance. I’m not holding out any hope.”
While another runner added: “It’s not fair if we are paying around £200 for a charity place, stressing raising £2k, and you get virtuals or fakes on course really.”
The London Marathon confirmed that an investigation is underway.
A spokesperson said: “We are aware of the images that show two runners wearing identical numbers and we are investigating.
“We take any incident where a participant cheats or forges numbers extremely seriously.”