The United Security Council claims, Kenyan troops in Kismayu,Somalia have been dealing in illicit charcoal trade indirectly boosting the Al Shabaab with revenue.
The report says Kenyan forces’ involvement in the charcoal trade began soon after the KDF drove Shabaab out of Kismayu last September.
Working in cooperation with Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam “Madobe” and his Ras Kamboni militia, the KDF has helped export about one million sacks of charcoal per month, the report states.
“Al-Shabaab, its commercial partners and networks remain central to the business locally and internationally,” the UN monitors say
They estimate that the charcoal trade is bringing Shabaab even more than the $25 million a year it was making prior to the KDF takeover of Kismayu.
They add that KDF units in southern Somalia are continuing at times to operate independently of Amisom.
In addition, the KDF has been carrying out “unauthorised air strikes in Somalia,” the report alleges, citing aerial attacks on Jungal village last July.
However ,Kenya denies the claims saying the Al Shabaab have also killed Kenyan security men.
The report includes an acknowledgment of Kenya’s cooperation with the research conducted by the UN team.