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