The United States has donated military equipment worth Sh440 million to the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).
The 23 combat and logistics vehicles were donated through US military Africa Command (Africom) to boost KDF’s operations. They include 15 Mack trucks, two Mack tow trucks, and eight up-armored Humvees.
Kenyan soldiers will be trained on how to operate and maintain the equipment which was received by the head of KDF Western Command, Major General Joseph Kivunzi.
A report released early this year showed that the US has given Kenya over $400 million (Sh40 billion) in counterterrorism aid over the past decade, making it the biggest beneficiary of US aid in sub-Saharan Africa.
The report by the US Congressional Research Service, a public policy research institute of the US Congress, said the aid was aimed at boosting Kenya’s fight against terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab. The funds were mainly used to train and equip the military.
“Kenya is nevertheless routinely the top sub-Saharan recipient of US anti-terrorism assistance for law enforcement,” the report stated.
The US donated over Sh11.5 billion ($115 million) in military equipment and assistance to Kenya in 2017 alone, according to the US Embassy in Nairobi.
In 2018, the US government gave the KDF 12 Bastion Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to improve border surveillance.