EU Explains AMISOM Funding Cuts

The European Union says it will continue supporting AMISOM in its efforts to stabilize Somalia despite the recent funding cut.

The trade bloc’s ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, was speaking in regard to the recent announcement of funding cuts that saw the monthly pay for peacekeepers including the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) slashed by about Sh600,000.

Ambassador Cervone d’Urso  says EU’s move to cut funding to AMISOM should not be misconstrued as a sign of bad relations, adding that the reduction was a result of competing priorities in Africa and the world in general.