10th February 2016: the African Union has criticized the European Union’s decision to cut the funding to the peacekeeping mission in Somalia by 20% amidst increased terror attack by the al Shabaab terrorists.
According to AU which has 22,000 troops operating under AMISOM, the funding cuts will immensely and negatively affect the operationability of the mission which heavily relies on the funding from the EU and other ally-donors.
European Union have announced a 20% cut in the funding that is channeled to the peace keeping mission in Somalia that currently stands at $200 million annually. The resolution was agreed upon by European Union Parliament cutting the largest source of financing for the over 22,000 troops in Somalia under AMISOM.
The funding cut will directly affect the uniformed personnel whose allowances will reducing which would in turn affect the morale of the soldiers at such a time when they are expected to be at full operation mode due to the increased attacks by the militants.
The AU has criticized this decision but has set up their efforts to seek alternative funding sources to make sure that the current allowance framework is maintained to avoid any hitches in the operations at hand.
AU officials have however taken to strategize of a long term funding strategy that will the war against al Shabaab to a more cost-effective and swift resolution that will not be susceptible to constant funding cuts and deficits.
On 16 September 2013, the EU and Somalia jointly launched what they called ‘A new deal for Somalia’ at a Brussels event, involving a pledge of €650 million in aid to fight the al Qaeda affiliated Al Shabaab.