Kenyatta calls for increased contribution of troops to Somalia campaign
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has led calls for the allocation of adequate military resources to the Somalia government in a bid to boost its military operations.
According to Kenyatta, this is in line with African Union Mission in Somalia’s strategy to achieve the strategic objective of stabilizing the country.
“Denying a mission like AMISOM these capabilities is not only unacceptable, but untenable,” he said Monday in Djibouti during the heads of state and government of countries currently involved in the military campaign in the horn of Africa nation.
He further added that there is need to increase the forces’ land, air as well as maritime equipment.
Mr. Kenyatta stressed that the African Union Mission (AMISOM) lacks the requisite force multipliers to effectively deliver on its mandate.
The Kenyan leader went on to say Kenyan troops have been exposed by failure to deploy more Amisom troops to Gedo region, which he described as a perfect ground for the terrorist group Al Shabaab to attack Kenya Defence Forces.
This January, Kenyan forces in Somalia suffered significant causalities at the hands of the terror group Al Shabaab.
He regretted that the twelve military helicopters pledged by the UN Security council in 2012 are yet to be deployed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also expressed dismay the international community is not so supportive of the effort in Somali.
“Whereas the continent is footing the bill of stabilizing Somalia by blood and flesh, it is disheartening that the international community is even contemplating to reduce support to AMISOM,” he noted. Kenyatta was responding to calls by many in the international community for African Union to cater for the costs of the body’s engagements in Somalia.
Kenyatta’s sentiments were echoed by Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Djibouti leader Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Five regional countries; Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia have deployed troops to AMISOM to fight terrorism in Somalia