Kenya snubs troops involved in sugar, charcoal trade in Somalia

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Kenya has denied its troops serving under African Union mission (AMISOM) to be involved in sugar, charcoal trade in Somalia, amid UN Council concerned over the illegal charcoal and sugar trade without evidence.

Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo says the allegation was baseless and absurd one during a press conference held in Nairobi.

Omamo says monitoring the peace process against accusing African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Forces.

She asked the teams to stop finger-pointing, sensational and unsubstantiated allegations

In November last year, the council’s Somalia and Ethiopia monitoring group report linked the Kenya Defence Forces, which is part of Amisom, to export and import of charcoal.

However, the KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo dismissed the report as untrue. He said the soldiers were not in Somalia to trade, but to enforce Amisom’s mandate.

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