Kenya’s military budget worth $1.21 billion sparks fears of an arms race in East Africa


beng

beng

New Member
Joined
May 7, 2019
Messages
3
Points
45
beng

beng

New Member
Joined May 7, 2019
3 45
Kenya has sparked fears among security circles that it may trigger an arms race after it tabled a heavy military budget dwarfing its peers in the region.

The country is planning to spend Sh23.7 billion ($237 million) on weapons acquisition for the financial year starting July in what the Treasury calls ‘defence modernisation.’

Budget estimates before Members of Parliament for review shows that Kenya’s military spending will rise from the current year’s Sh109 billion ($1.09 billion) to Sh121 billion ($1.21 billion) in the financial year that starts on July 1st 2019.


File image of a KDF soldier during a past operation
Of the Sh121 billion spending proposed for the Kenya Defense Forces, Sh23.7 billion will go into buying military hardware. This is a sharp increase from the Sh17.5 billion ($175 million) spent on the same in the current financial year.


Kenya’s heavy military spending is hinged on the need to defend its territory against the Somali-based Al-Shabaab terrorists who have in the past targeted civilians and security forces in major towns.

However, there are fears that Kenya’s fat military budget may trigger an arms race in the region with Uganda already increasing its arsenal spending. Kenya has in the last five years continued to lead its regional neighbours both in budget size as well as annual spending growth, causing discomfort among its peers.


Uganda's President Ywoeri Museveni inspects military equipment used by UPDF solders undertaking the mountain warfare. (Strategic Intelligence Service)
Military Expenditure in Uganda increased to $406 million in 2018 from $347 million in 2017, according to trade economics. Military Expenditure in Uganda averaged $226.03 million from 1962 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of $612 million in 2010 and a record low of $11 million in 1962.

Tanzania military spending last year rose to Sh67.25 billion from Sh61.8 billion ($611) million in 2017.


Tanzania's President John Magufuli (L) in full military gear. (BigEye)
Military expenditure in Tanzania averaged $249.34 million from 1967 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of $665 million in 2018 and a record low of $65.30 million in 1968, according to trade economics.

Since Tanzanian President John Magufuli came to power in 2015, the country has significantly cut down on military spending due to his austerity measures which have seen Tanzania cut back on expenditure deemed non-essential.
 
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2019
Messages
169
Points
225
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined Apr 6, 2019
169 225
Technically it is more, add $1billion annual MILITARY AID from America, and more from israel.
 
MK254

MK254

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 11, 2013
Messages
13,242
Points
2,000
MK254

MK254

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 11, 2013
13,242 2,000
Dadadeki zenu hapa ni mkao wa kubabaisha ukanda wote.
 
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 11, 2015
Messages
18,088
Points
2,000
Age
76
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 11, 2015
18,088 2,000
Jeshi la Wananchi halifanyi kazi kwa ajili ya media. Sisi ni kimya kimya.

Siku ujichangaye ndipo utaona B2 spirit Bomber.
 
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2019
Messages
169
Points
225
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined Apr 6, 2019
169 225
Jeshi la Wananchi halifanyi kazi kwa ajili ya media. Sisi ni kimya kimya.

Siku ujichangaye ndipo utaona B2 spirit Bomber.
Ha ha hahahahahhaha.,LOL these people are truly from another world, ati B2 bomber! Now we see how you people will lie through your teeth to cover your inferiority. That aircraft is operated only by the US Airforce.
 
mwaswast

mwaswast

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 12, 2014
Messages
9,096
Points
2,000
mwaswast

mwaswast

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 12, 2014
9,096 2,000
Budget ya mwaka huu naingoja sana nichekelee majirani wa kusini.
 
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 11, 2015
Messages
18,088
Points
2,000
Age
76
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 11, 2015
18,088 2,000
Ha ha hahahahahhaha.,LOL these people are truly from another world, ati B2 bomber! Now we see how you people will lie through your teeth to cover your inferiority. That aircraft is operated only by the US Airforce.
Sasa utajua kama ina-oparetiwa na US au kuna wengine wanazo na hawataki kusema.

Jeshi ni siri hizo kelele zenu hazina maana yoyote ile, sisi mambo yetu ni kimya halafu elete hivyo zipesa vyako uone utakavyochakazwa.
 
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2019
Messages
169
Points
225
Kevin85ify

Kevin85ify

Senior Member
Joined Apr 6, 2019
169 225
Sasa utajua kama ina-oparetiwa na US au kuna wengine wanazo na hawataki kusema.

Jeshi ni siri hizo kelele zenu hazina maana yoyote ile, sisi mambo yetu ni kimya halafu elete hivyo zipesa vyako uone utakavyochakazwa.
Only in your dreams my friend, only in your dreams.
 
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 11, 2015
Messages
18,088
Points
2,000
Age
76
Viatu vya Samaki

Viatu vya Samaki

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 11, 2015
18,088 2,000
Only in your dreams my friend, only in your dreams.
Hata Marekani usidhani wanachokisema kuhusu jeshi huwa ni kweli, kuna bla bla nyingi sana. Na siku zote ogopa mtu asiye msemaji sana.

Hivi hiyo bajeti yenu inawafanya muamini kuwa ni bora?
 
MK254

MK254

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 11, 2013
Messages
13,242
Points
2,000
MK254

MK254

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 11, 2013
13,242 2,000
Sasa utajua kama ina-oparetiwa na US au kuna wengine wanazo na hawataki kusema.

Jeshi ni siri hizo kelele zenu hazina maana yoyote ile, sisi mambo yetu ni kimya halafu elete hivyo zipesa vyako uone utakavyochakazwa.
Kwa umaskini wenu huo hata mafuta ya kudumisha kifaa kama hicho mtatoa wapi.
 
mwaswast

mwaswast

JF-Expert Member
Joined
May 12, 2014
Messages
9,096
Points
2,000
mwaswast

mwaswast

JF-Expert Member
Joined May 12, 2014
9,096 2,000
Kama serikali ya magufuri inashindwa kuservice Ndege za ATCL 2 tu, je Vifaa by JWTZ wataweza kweli?
 
SueIsmael

SueIsmael

JF-Expert Member
Joined
Dec 11, 2013
Messages
430
Points
1,000
SueIsmael

SueIsmael

JF-Expert Member
Joined Dec 11, 2013
430 1,000
You can also build a wall around your country, if that will help you sleep better at night :rolleyes:
Sustainable security is beyond numbers and figures. Perhaps, one day you'll understand how.
 
C

chilubi

JF-Expert Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2011
Messages
4,727
Points
2,000
C

chilubi

JF-Expert Member
Joined Sep 21, 2011
4,727 2,000
Ha ha hahahahahhaha.,LOL these people are truly from another world, ati B2 bomber! Now we see how you people will lie through your teeth to cover your inferiority. That aircraft is operated only by the US Airforce.
Sisi tunakunywa chai tukiwatizama na ulimbukeni wenu wakati hamuwezi kupigana!
 

Forum statistics

Threads 1,296,165
Members 498,559
Posts 31,236,889
Top