Don't fund Amisom, Uhuru tells African States
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2President Kenyatta said the security apparatus in war-torn Somalia lacked institutional, logistical and operational capabilities and was unable to fully integrate into Amisom's operations. He cautioned that if the liberated areas are not adequately covered by Somali security apparatus, Amisom forces are forced to maintain fixed posture and restrict their ability to liberate more areas consequently allowing Al-Shabaab to control swathes of ungoverned spaces. Of concern to Kenya, he said, was the curious absence of Amisom in the Gedo. This is where the Kenyan contingent of the force was based at and which came under a deadly terrorist attack and left an unknown number of soldiers dead and scores injured. President Kenyatta said Gedo had now become a safe haven for Al Shabaab and a launching pad for attacks against Kenyan troops and people along the border with Somalia. "There is urgent need to immediately deploy troops in all designated areas. As a matter of urgency, Amisom must quickly deploy troops in Gedo region in Sector 3," said President Kenyatta. The President said Amisom was severely incapacitated in both air and maritime components and lacked the requisite force multipliers to effectively deal with the Al Shabaab. He faulted the manner in which the operation was being funded. "This is the time to strengthen Amisom through a surge in troops and resources," he said.
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