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After mall attack, Kenyan cops’ monthly anti-terror budget is $816

In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, a woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire.
In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, a woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after gunmen threw grenades and opened fire. Jonathan Kalan, AP Photo/File

NAIROBI, Kenya – If Kenyan security officials are able to stop another Westgate Mall-style terror attack, they will have to do so on a shoe-string budget: The Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi has just $816 CAD to spend this month.

Documents seen by The Associated Press show that even after the September attack by al-Shabab that killed at least 67 people, the country’s top anti-terror security force is allocated only about $2,447 for operations in January, February and March.

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A Kenyan member of parliament earns about $45,000 during a three-month period.

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Kenya’s government says the country is facing a budgetary crisis because of high salaries. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice-president have each pledged to take a 20 per cent pay cut, and Kenyatta is urging other top government officials to do the same.

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