The Kenyan Parliament has approved an increase in military budget allocation by a KSH4 billion for the year starting in July. The additional monies are set to boost Kenya’s military capability as they will be channeled to weaponry acquisition.
The Budget Committee has asked the Treasury to add the Sh4 billion to the Sh17.5 billion, pushing the arms budget to Sh21.5 billion.
Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, has in recent years suffered deadly gun and bomb attacks from Somalia-based al-Shabaab militants demanding the withdrawal of KDF troops from the Horn of Africa nation. While the country does not make public its military purchases and only Parliament is mandated to scrutinize expenditure by security organs the increased budget will allow the defense forces to be better equipped.
The increased budgetary allocation is set to propel the East African country at the top of the list in military spending in the region. The increased money is set to allow the defense forces to acquire weapons and equipment necessary to fight both domestic and international threats.