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Beneficiaries of killed KDF soldiers get KES 4.3M

18 July 2014, 08:12 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Defence Ministry Principal Secretary Ministry, Monica Juma Thursday said families and beneficiaries of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers who lose their lives in the line of duty in Somalia get KES 4.3 million compensation.

Juma told the National Assembly’s Defence and Foreign Relations committee that the KDF soldiers’ terms and conditions of service is contained in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2012 between the African Union (AU) and the government.  

She said, “Article 6 of the MOU provides for personal reimbursement. In cases of death, the AU pays death compensation to beneficiaries of deceased soldiers at the rate of USD 50 000.”

For injured soldiers, Juma stated that they are paid disability compensation calculated depending on the nature of the disability’s permanence as a percentage of death reimbursement which is determined by both the government and AU Medical Board’s evaluation.

“Since the Somalia operation is under Amisom, AU also pays soldiers monthly allowances rate of USD 1 028. Besides this, the soldiers are also retained on the government payroll and are paid their monthly salaries and allowances,” she said.

Juma also said that soldiers who join Amisom are offered psychological resilience training for readiness to the impending hard task.

She asserted that her Ministry provides the soldiers with mental health professionals during the deployment time to offer them counseling, education and sensitization to respond well psychologically in the war.

“We also conduct a post-deployment psychological debriefing when the troops return home upon completion of their tour of duty in Amisom. It is at this stage that any cases of post-traumatic stress disorder are treated. The post-traumatic stress disorder cases are handled at the Psychology clinic at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi,” she said.

Juma further said the measures were put in place when the KDF began the Operation Linda Nchi in Somalia.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader, Raila Odinga recently asked the government to reveal the total number of KDF soldiers who have died in the Somalia operation.

However, the government has declined Odinga’s call saying that the issue is sensitive and that those who have died in the war, their families have been compensated as agreed in the signed MOU by the soldiers prior to deployment.

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