KDF aids illicit sugar trade in Kismayu, says United Nations

The United Nation has accused kenya defence forces of aiding illegal sugar business in the port of kismayu in Somalia.

The port is currently controlled by the Kenya Defence Forces who have been there since 2012 after its capture from The al shabaab terrorist group.

According to the UN Monitoring Group for Somalia and Eritrea, the trade is worth more than $800,000 (Sh81.8 million) annually.

The KDF soldiers who are now under the  AMISON control Sector Two, including the port of Kismayu, Gedo, Middle Juba and Lower Juba regions and are supported by the Somalia's Jubaland Administration forces.

"The strict tariff regime of the Government of Kenya encourages a vibrant illicit trade in sugar and other basic foodstuffs imported duty-free through the port of Kismayo. From Kismayo, sugar is transported into Kenya through multiple border points, including the Dhobley-Liboi crossing.59 Al-Shabaab mans checkpoints on all roads out of Kismayo, with passing trucks charged a toll of about $1,000 each. 60 From the Dhobley-Liboi border crossing, much of the sugar passes through the Dadaab refugee camps before making its way to the regional hub of Garissa, then onward to wholesale markets in Nairobi. Once it has entered Kenya, much of the sugar is purchased by local businesses and repackaged under their own brands" Part of the Report Says

The authors of the report say that all checkpoints leading to Garissa from Kismayu are guarded by the Al Shabaab, who ensure that the sugar and other stuff are safely delivered.

When reached for comments by the media houses, Kenya Army spokesman David Obonyo said he had not seen the report and could comment on it. 

Another thing that is aiding the importation of illegal sugar through the port according to the report is “strict tariff regime”  imposed by the Kenyan government.

You can read the full report Here

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