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Burundi to withdraw troops in Somalia over unpaid allowances for 10 months

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The government of Burundi has announced it will withdraw its troops from the African Union (AU) force fighting militants in Somalia over unpaid allowances to its troops.

The Defence Minister, Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye, told the country’s parliament on Thursday that the troops are yet to receive their monthly allowance supposed to be paid by the European Union (EU).

Each soldier is supposed to receive $800 (£640) allowance but have so far received only their army wages for the 10 month period.

The ongoing political turmoil in Somalia forced the EU to cut off its funding for the troops.

Apart from Uganda who contribute over 6000 troops Burundi is the second largest contributor of troops to Burundi. It contributes more than 5400.

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The militant group al-Shabaab has so far retaken some towns in Somalia after the Ethiopian government withdrew its troops recently.

AMISOM troop contributing countries include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Police contributing countries also include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.



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