Kenya prepares to deploy police to quell gang violence in Haiti despite legal challenges

(MENAFN) Kenyan President William Ruto announced on Sunday that Kenyan Police would soon be deployed to Haiti to address gang violence, despite legal challenges that have delayed the mission. Haiti, grappling with violence, poverty, and Political instability, is set to receive support from Kenya as part of a UN-backed initiative aimed at restoring peace and stability to the Caribbean nation.

Kenya plans to send 1,000 officers to join the mission alongside personnel from several other countries, aiming to provide much-needed assistance to the people of Haiti. President Ruto expressed hope that the deployment would take place within the next few weeks, pending final legal resolutions.

While a UN Security Council resolution approved the mission in October last year, legal obstacles in Kenya have hindered the deployment. A court ruling in January cited concerns about the government's authority to send police officers abroad without prior agreements. However, a subsequent agreement secured by the government in March paved the way for the mission's advancement.

Despite these efforts, a new lawsuit filed by a small opposition party in Kenya has further complicated the process, with the country's High Court set to consider the case on June 12. Nevertheless, President Ruto remains optimistic about the mission's progress, reiterating Kenya's commitment to supporting Haiti during its time of need.

In addition to Kenya, several other countries, including Benin, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, and Chad, have expressed willingness to contribute to the mission. However, concerns have been raised by global human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, regarding potential rights abuses and funding challenges associated with the deployment. Despite these challenges, Kenya remains steadfast in its determination to assist Haiti and contribute to international peacekeeping efforts.



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