The Africa Union and European Union have inked a $197 M to be channeled to paying the AMISOM troops operating in Somalia.
The agreement signed on Thursday means the African Union Mission in Somalia soldiers would receive their allowances for the past nine months from the €178 million (Sh20.16 billion) EU boost. AMISOM said the money would be used to pay salaries for soldiers and other personnel working for the mission.
The new funding will motivate the peacekeepers as the war and pursuit of the terrorists has been intensifying in the past weeks. AMISOM officers said that the recent funding is a morale booster for the entire mission as the troops prepare to launch a full-throttle operation to eradicate the al Shabaab militants ahead of exit from Somalia.
The EU has been the main financier of AMISOM, committing about €1.2 billion (Sh133.85 billion) since 2007 when the mission was established to pursue violent extremists in Somalia. It disburses Sh224 million every month to AMISOM.