Ruto blow as several Kenyan Police Opt Out of The Haiti Deployment Deal

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Ruto blow as several Kenyan Police Opt Out of The Haiti Deployment Deal

Following the agreement with Haiti to deploy 1000 officers to aid in the fight against gangs, an undisclosed number of Kenyan police officers have opted out of the mission.

According to the BBC, the officers expressed concern for their safety amid ongoing gang raids in the Caribbean nation.

Many Kenyan police officers who had originally volunteered for the deployment have opted out due to safety concerns.

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In an interview with the broadcasting corporation, one officer expressed concern about the mission’s execution plans and the mechanisms in place.

Another officer stated that due to the recent increase in gang violence in Haiti, he and his squad withdrew from the mission, which was not a mandatory deployment.

He also stated that the team was asked to apply for the mission voluntarily in order to contribute to the restoration of peace in Haiti as part of their humanitarian efforts.

The unrest in Haiti erupted on March 3 after a notorious gang leader, known as Barbecue, attacked the country’s main airport. Barbecue promised to obstruct Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s return to the country.

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The gangs in Port-au-Prince took advantage of Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s absence and launched a series of coordinated attacks, leaving more people homeless as they fled for safety.

Henry, who flew to Kenya on February 29, formalised the deployment agreement with President William Ruto on March 1, where Cabinet Secretary for Interior Kithure Kindiki and Haiti’s security minister signed the document.

President William Ruto defended his decision to send troops to the troubled country, pointing out that the two countries share a common origin.

“We are offering the experience and expertise of our police officers in the Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti as mandated by the United Nations Security Council and as guided by our courts,” Ruto stated.

Unfortunately, on March 5, the United States rejected plans to send troops to Haiti as part of the Kenya-led peacekeeping mission, promising to mobilise all possible assistance, including from the international community, to help the Caribbean nation.

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Ruto blow as several Kenyan Police Opt Out of The Haiti Deployment Deal

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