Kenya to deploy Police officers to Haiti in a few days – President Ruto

Kenya to deploy Police officers to Haiti in a few days – President Ruto

President William Ruto has disclosed plans to deploy 1000 Kenya police officers to Haiti within three weeks.

Speaking during a Sunday service on June 10, 2024, Ruto said the Kenya police officers will be deployed to the war torn Caribbean nation after court processes delayed the mission.

Kenya is set to lead a UN-backed mission to restore peace and order in Haiti, which is facing challenges of violence and political instability.

“The people of Haiti are maybe waiting, by the grace of God, that probably by next week or the other week, we shall send our police officers to restore peace,” said President Ruto.

This was after a United Nations Security Council in October 2023 approved the mission but the process was delayed after a case was filed in Nairobi seeking to stop deployment of police to Haiti. 

According to the petitioners, the government of Kenya lacks authority to deploy police officers abroad without putting specific measures in place.

Meanwhile, the President had one month ago disclosed during an interview with BBC that the government had made all necessary preparations to ensure Kenya police officers are deployed to the Caribbean nation. 

However, the High Court is expected to give further guidelines on Kenya Police deployment on June 12.

Other countries that have expressed interest in deploying additional security teams to Haiti include Benin, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados and Chad.

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