Kenya to ask UN to take over AMISOM

Kenya to ask UN to take over AMISOM

President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Belgium for meetings with European Union leaders. EU is Kenya’s second-largest development cooperation partner after the World Bank and the second-largest destination of Kenya’s exports after Comesa.

Apart from delivering the keynote address to the European Union Development week, the head of state will meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He is expected to ask that the UN takes over the Amisom mission in Somalia because the European Union has cut funding by 20 per cent, straining Amisom’s operations.

“The decision by the EU has affected the effectiveness of the force and we would like other institutions like the UN to come in and support it,” Johnson Weru, Kenya’s ambassador to the Brussels, said yesterday.