Amisom blunders aided Shabaab in KDF fatal attack

Bodies of some of the KDF soldiers killed when Al-Shabaab attacked their camp in Somalia on January 15, 2016 are received at Wilson Airport in Nairobi on January 18,2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The African Union Mission to Somalia, formed in 2007, is the AU’s biggest combat troop deployment on the continent.
  • Multiple sources interviewed by the Sunday Nation say that Amisom has failed in its broad strategy, leaving member states to continue having to deal with massive attacks that can be avoided.
  • When Kenya made an incursion into Somalia in 2011, it bore all its responsibilities from managing supplies and troop support and taking care of both land, air and sea capabilities.
  • The countries which contribute troops are: Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Burundi and Ethiopia. Sierra Leone was part of the mission but has since pulled out.

Institutional weaknesses, poor command structure, underfunding and decisions driven by self-interest among the senior leadership of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) contributed greatly to the biggest attack on Kenyan armed forces since independence, military experts and Somalia analysts have told the Sunday Nation.

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