It looks like the Kenya and
Somalia border issue is throwing us back to an issue historians tend to think
was settled in 1920. Right? Yes.
Kenyans have been treated to much
more border drama on the Somalia side than on any of its other neighbours.
There was even the
post-independent secession bid in which Somalia wanted to get Kenya’s North
Frontier District. The end result was the bitter shifta war. But let me unpack
For starters, the straight lines
in the Somalia border with Kenya were for a long time referred to as
Milner-Scialoja lines because they resulted from a deal reached between British
Lord Alfred Milner, by then the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and
Italian Foreign Minister Vittorio Scialoja.
These two diplomats sat in
boardrooms in Europe and determined what their African territories would look
like in the post-war period.