With the economic situation in Burundi having little to write home about, cut on AMISOM funding only works to squeeze the Burundi government off of funds that it currently cannot afford to dispose to it’s troops in Somalia.
Burundi has said the European Union’s move to cut funding for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is “unfair”. Burundi contributes more than 5,000 troops to the 22,000-strong AMISOM, which has been helping the Somali government battle Al-Shabaab militants.
The international community has slowly been cutting funds given to Burundi in order to pressure Burundi’s President,Pierre Nkurunziza, to consider serious talks to channel the country back to a peaceful state.
Burundi’s External Relations and International Cooperation Minister, Alain Aime Nyamitwe, on Thursday said the funding cut was “unfair” and would destabilize AMISOM while the AU peacekeepers were fighting terrorism.
“The fight against terrorism is a noble mission. The fight conducted by Burundi against terrorism in Somalia and in other countries is a contribution for peace globally,” he added.
The EU in April announced it would cut by 20 percent its financial support to AMISOM due to “competing priorities in Africa and the world in general.”
AMISOM, alongside the Somali army, has driven Al-Shabaab militants to rural areas in southern Somalia, but the Islamist group still stages periodic attacks in the country.
The latest Al-Shabaab attack killed more than 10 people in a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.