Haiti could receive Kenyan police to fight gangs. Some Kenyans strongly oppose

Kenya is under severe scrutiny and pushback at home regarding its decision to lead a multinational force in Haiti as part of a mission to restore order that is supported by the United Nations. This is occurring despite the fact that violence in the Caribbean nation is spiraling out of control. In July of last year, President William Ruto made an offer to send one thousand police personnel alongside Haitian police in order to bring the gangs who have taken control of the capital city of Port-au-Prince and are currently holding the nation hostage under control.

On the other hand, members of the East African nation’s civil society and opposition parties have accused Ruto of attempting to make a financial profit from the issue. In their argument, they contend that the deployment to Haiti violates the constitution and that the task calls for a military force rather than a police agency. Others even consider it to be a profession.

In October, in reaction to the fatal gang violence that was occurring throughout Haiti, the United Nations Security Council gave its approval to the international security support mission. Despite the fact that Kenya offered to take charge of that operation, the country’s highest court decided in January to postpone the deployment of troops because it recognized the necessity of a reciprocal arrangement with Haiti.

An attempt was made by the Kenyan president to circumvent the ruling of the judge by signing a reciprocal agreement with Haiti on March 1. This event took place in Nairobi, and it was seen by the Prime Minister of Kenya, Ariel Henry. However, Henry was unable to return to Haiti due to the quickly deteriorating security situation. As a result, he was compelled to announce his resignation a few days later, stating that he would step down from his position once a transitional council was established. Henry, who won the presidency of Haiti without being elected in 2021 after the killing of the country’s president at the time, failed to hold elections in the previous year, which fueled dissatisfaction throughout the country.

The Kenyan government has placed its deployment of police to Haiti on hold, according to a spokeswoman for the Kenyan government who talked to CNN last week. This decision was made in response to Henry’s resignation announcement and “the complete breakdown of law and order” in Haiti. There are certain people in Kenya who are adamant that it should continue to be that way. According to Kenyan lawmaker Ekuru Aukot, who initiated the court action that resulted to the judge’s verdict against Ruto.

Henry was a bogus prime minister by the time he purported to execute this deal,” Aukot said in an interview with CNN. According to what he said, “Even the so-called agreement that they claim to have signed is not enforceable in any court of law or jurisdiction.” Although the paper that was signed on March 1 has not been made public, according to Kenyan law, a president is required to verify that another country has policing regulations that are comparable to Kenya’s before sending officers to that country.

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