Kenya to withdraw troops from Somalia in 2018


Kenya will begin withdrawing its troops from Somalia in 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta has told visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kenyatta told Kerry that Somalia is now experiencing improved security after being ravaged by civil war for more than two decades.

The African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which comprises of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Burundi has been in Somalia helping fight the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

Somalia has been embroiled in civil war since the ousting of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

The country is scheduled to elect a new president next month, a vote that will be done by lawmakers since the electoral commission says the country still has no capacity to conduct a nationwide vote.

The “success of the electoral process depends on the support from the international community and partners,” Kenyatta said, according to the statement.