President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a new demand regarding the financing of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) which is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Speaking at the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Uhuru asked the UN and other partners to provide predictable and sustainable funding.
According to Uhuru, template-based mandates that are not situation specific put peacekeepers in awkward positions.
In particular, the Head of State noted that forces face serious challenges especially when they have to deal with complex and evolving threats.
“Peacekeepers today face a myriad of challenges that undermine their ability to deliver on their mandate. This calls for a decisive intervention to make peacekeeping responsive and fit for purpose,” Uhuru stated.
He further commended the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for launching Action for Peacekeeping Initiative which he said is timely in ensuring that troops deliver on their mandate.
“I am happy to note that this initiative commits to provide clear prioritised and achievable mandates matched by appropriate resources,” Uhuru indicated.
On his part, the UN Secretary-General acknowledged that partnerships with regional and subregional organizations are instrumental in achieving political and operational objectives.
Guterres supported Uhuru’s sentiments calling for predictable, adequate and sustainable financing, which is key to the success of peacekeeping missions.