Kenya military given Sh9bn from US to fight Al-Shabaab

President Uhuru Kenyatta from (left), Chief of the Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe and Defence CS Raychelle Omamo in Eldoret on July 10, 2015. The US Government has given the Kenya Defence Force Sh9.5 billion in aid this financial year to enhance the fight against Al-Shabaab. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The money will be used to buy equipment, train soldiers and support the Kenya military in Somalia and the fight against Al-Shabaab.
  • The military said that about Sh1.9 billion would be used to buy drones and unmanned aerial systems for spying on land and sea, while another Sh2.52 billion would support the Kenyan Ranger Regiment.
  • The Obama administration in 2012 provided a much greater share of the total counter-terrorism aid to the Kenyan Police with Sh900 million (44 per cent) of the total Sh2.1 billion.

The US Government has given the Kenya Defence Force Sh9.5 billion in aid this financial year to enhance the fight against Al-Shabaab.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.