British Prime Minister, Theresa May has pledged to support Kenya and the East African community in the fight against the Al Shabaab.
The Britain Prime Minister will dedicate $9.1 million to the fight against Al Shabaab insurgency to troops deployed in the state as well as provide training and equipment support to the soldiers.
“This afternoon we’ve signed a new compact that will see us expand our joint work on security even further. The UK is no longer just training our own military in Kenya but training with Kenyans to promote stability in East Africa.” May said.
During the first trip by a British prime minister to Kenya in 30 years, May attended a military training where British and Kenyan militaries were being trained on identification and destruction of IEDs.
“The UK continues to support the commitment of the brave Kenyan soldiers fighting in Somalia against al-Shabaab and I will announce a new package of funding to support the African Union mission in Somalia,” she said.
African Union troops in collaboration with international allies have intensified operations in Somalia which include high tech training and inclusion of ‘soft power’ where the forces work hand in hand with the locals in flushing out militants.