KDF under pressure to end al shabaab charcoal export business 

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NAIROBI: The Kenyan forces in Somalia have not assisted the Somali government to end exportation of charcoal by the al shabaab, an affiliate of al Qaeda, a new UN report says.

According to the team of UN monitors’ report, Kenyan Defence Forces have not enough the business that’s al shabaab’s lifeline.

“Amisom, whose Kenyan Defence Forces contingents remain deployed at the ports of Kismayu and Buur Gaabo, has neither assisted the Somali authorities in implementing the charcoal ban nor facilitated Monitoring Group access to charcoal exporting ports,” the report quoted by the Daily Nation says.

The Somali insurgents earn approximately $10m a year from charcoal to Asia through Somali ports where the Kenyan forces are deployed under the hospice of African Union.

The UN report says this is enables al shabaab to finance its operations and undermines counter-terrorsim operations.

Kenya’s military has previously  been accused of taking a cut of the illegal sugar and charcoal trade in Somalia that provides the bulk of funding for terror group al-Shabaab, an allegation Kenyan government has strongly disputed.

The team monitoring Somalia and Eritrea said last year that Kenyan contingent under AMISOM was receiving $2 (Sh200) per bag of charcoal illegally shipped from the port of Kismayo.

“Large trucks are usually taxed $1,000 Sh100,000), with receipts issued by Al-Shabaab to prevent double taxation at subsequent checkpoints,” the monitors recount.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: “KDF under pressure to end al shabaab charcoal export business” Nov 13, 2017

    Commentary, 13 Nov 2017
    A. THE PLAYERS
    No.1 Al-Shabaab The Leading Actor No. 2 KDF: Kenyan Defence Force The Defender No. 3 Somali Government The Playing Field No. 4 AMISOM: AU Mission in Somalia The Viewer No. 5 UNMG: UN Monitoring Group The Recorder

    B. PROJECT
    Exploration of charcoal Location: Kismayu and Buur Gaabo, Delivery: To Asia Earning: $10 million/year AMISOM receiving $2 per bag

    C. ACCUSATION & COUNTER ACCUSATION
    It is an Act, well performed for years and years
    The Actors are all happy in their well paid jobs and “INTAKE” under the table

    D. The down trodden, ordinary, people of Somalia
    May Allah come to their rescue at his convenience. Inshalah. THE END

  2. Subject: “KDF under pressure to end al shabaab charcoal export business” Nov 13, 2017

    Commentary, 13 Nov 2017
    A. THE PLAYERS
    No.1 Al-Shabaab >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Leading Actor No. 2 KDF: Kenyan Defence Force >>>> The Defender
    No. 3 Somali Government >>>>>>>>>>> The Playing Field
    No. 4 AMISOM: AU Mission in Somalia >>>> The Viewer
    No. 5 UNMG: UN Monitoring Group >>>> The Recorder

    B. PROJECT
    Exploration of charcoal Location: Kismayu and Buur Gaabo,
    Delivery: To Asia
    Earning: $10 million/year
    AMISOM receiving $2 per bag

    C. ACCUSATION & COUNTER ACCUSATION
    It is an Act, well performed for years and years
    The Actors are all happy in their well paid jobs and “INTAKE” under the table

    D. The down trodden, ordinary, people of Somalia
    May Allah come to their rescue at his convenience. Inshalah. THE END

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