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US donates KDF vehicles worth Sh440 Million

The US government has donated a war chest worth Sh440 million through the US Africa Command(AFRICOM).

An AFRICOM report indicated that on September 16, 2020, Kenya received 23 combat and logistics vehicles.

The equipment included 15 Mack trucks, two Mack tow trucks, and eight up-armored Humvees to support KDF combat and logistic operations.

The donation was received by Major General Joseph Kivunzi, who is the head of the Kenya Army’s Western Command.

According to the deal, KDF soldiers will also receive training on handling and maintaining the vehicles.

Since 2018, the US has been assisting the KDF with over Sh1 billion being paid for equipment and training in support of its mission against Al-Shabaab extremists along the Somali border.

Kenya has been working since 2011 to stamp out extremism along the shared border.

The country has also provided over 4,000 soldiers to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is set to end its operations in December 2021.

The defense forces also receive military support from the UK, which runs a Counter-Improvised Explosive Device(C-IED)training program in the country.

Soldiers from Kenya and the region are trained in various types of explosives used in wars, including projectiles, rockets, landmines, and grenades.

Since 2016, the Britsh Peace Support Team (Africa) and KDF have trained more than 1,700 military and police personnel from 22 countries to detect and disarm IEDs.

Germany has also allocated Sh230.2 million for the development of a new C-IED Wing in the HPSS, which will extensively enhance the infrastructure available to deliver training.

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