KDF black market thrives in Somalia, funds Al Shabaab — report
Saturday November 14 2015
A KDF convoy in Beliis Quuqani area, Somalia. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Coalition forces under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and key Western countries funding the war effort are said to be “very frustrated” with a KDF black market racket that helps Al Shabaab profiteer from illegal charcoal and sugar smuggling, the report by Journalists for Justice alleges.
The Kenyan government has, however, repeatedly denied allegations that its troops in Kismayu are fuelling an illicit trade that helps in funding Al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab controls 30 per cent of this trade, while the KDF network in Somalia and its affiliates are said to control 70 per cent, according to the report.