British and Kenyan ministers meet for defence talks

Ben Wallace and Joseph Nkaisserry
Ben Wallace and Joseph Nkaisserry meet in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/GenNkaisserry

British security minister, Ben Wallace, accompanied by U.K. High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, today held met with Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Nkaisserry.

The discussions deliberated on various security issues between the two countries.

The meeting came on the same day as a United Nations’ report claimed the Kenya contingent of the AMISOM mission were making millions from trade with al-Shabaab.

Back in 2013, the United Nations found that members of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) operating in Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were complicit in an illicit trade providing income to al-Shabaab.

Ben Wallace and Joseph Nkaisserry
Ben Wallace and Joseph Nkaisserry meet in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/GenNkaisserry

The latest United Nations report by the experts group, which was made public on 31 October, alleges that the Kenyan army is still acting as a broker in the vast illegal charcoal trade in agreement with al-Shabaab, thus enabling the terror group’s financing.

The UN committee claimed the source of income comes from informal taxation at roadblocks and ports.