Kenya asks UN to finance Somalia war against Shabaab

Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba confers with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Brussels on January 22, 2019. Mr Namwamba challenged the UN to take charge of Amisom forces and to ensure the war on Al-Shabaab is sustained. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • Mr Namwamba spoke as Foreign Affairs ministers met in Brussels to buttress AU-EU relations just a week after the DusitD2 attack.
  • Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Burundi have jointly contributed troops to the 22,000-strong force.
  • Although he begged more partners to come on board, he criticised UN’s lukewarm support for the Amisom.

Kenya has urged the United Nations to finance the continental counter-terrorism mission in Somalia, arguing that this will stop the country from falling back to Al-Shabaab control.

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