UN pledges regular funding for troops in Somalia

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The UN has pledged regular funding for troops fighting Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, including the Kenyan army, following last year’s cuts by the European Union that threatened to scuttle the mission.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, who is on an official visit to Kenya, on Wednesday said that certain funding would strengthen the troops’ effort to restore security in the horn of Africa nation. Nearly 4,000 Kenyan soldiers are part of Amisom.

The international community provides $1,028 (Sh104, 856) for each Amisom soldier monthly.

The government then deducts about Sh20,200 for administrative costs meaning the soldiers’ monthly take-home pay is about Sh84,656.