Mogadishu, Jul 20 2009 (Somalilandpress) — Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula has said his country is arranging camps where Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [TFG] forces will be trained.
This was during a meeting with Western officials who are visiting the country, Kenya.
Moses Wetangula said his country is ready to provide training to the TFG forces, particularly the police and the military so that they can take charge of security of their country and government.
The minister also said his government will support all initiatives meant to strengthen the Djibouti agreement which was the basis for the formation of the current government in Somalia.
“The Somali forces will be trained in our country by officers from Burundi, Botswana, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and other African countries,” said Kenya’s foreign affairs minister.
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The statement by the Kenyan government official comes at a time when the African Union has said they have come up with a plan in which 16,000 Somali soldiers will be offered training, which is expected to last for a period of six months.
According to [African Union (AU) representative to Somalia] Nicholas Bwakira, the training of Somali government forces is expected to cost $230m US dollars and will be paid for by donor countries who are interested in seeing the attainment of peace and stability in Somalia.
In the past Somalia’s opposition groups have warned Kenya over sending troops into Somalia.
It has been agreed that the number of African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] troops will be increased during a meeting that was recently concluded in Nairobi. It was also agreed that they will be allowed to take part in the fighting that is ongoing in Mogadishu in order to assist in defending the government led by [President] Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad.
By Abdinasir Mohamed