KDF on the spot over Shabaab charcoal exports in Somalia

KDF soldiers take positions at Kismayu after taking control of the port from Al-Shabaab on October 28, 2012. UN says Kenyan military, part of Amisom, has failed to stop charcoal trade at the port. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • It is not the first time UN experts have made allegations of KDF non-compliance with the charcoal-export ban.

  • The UN's Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group said last year that Kenyan troops assigned to Amisom were receiving $2 (Sh200) per bag of charcoal illegally shipped from the port of Kismayo.

  • Kenyan forces' collusion in the illicit trade may have brought them $12 million (Sh1.2 billion) in proceeds, the 2016 report suggested.

Kenya Defence Forces units assigned to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) are failing to enforce a ban on charcoal exports by Al-Shabaab, a team of United Nations monitors charges in a new report.

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