Kenya’s parliament has accepted the deployment of 1000 law enforcement officials to Haiti to assist take care of rising gang violence within the Caribbean nation
ByEMMANUEL IGUNZA Related Press
November 16, 2023, 5:35 AM
NAIROBI, Kenya — NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) —
The Kenyan parliament on Thursday accepted the deployment of 1000 law enforcement officials to Haiti to assist take care of rising gang violence within the Caribbean nation.
The nationwide meeting backed a movement tabled by parliament’s Committee on Administration and Inner Safety approving the federal government request for sending the safety officers as violence escalated in Haiti.
The heated debate noticed opposition legislators rejecting the federal government plans for Kenya to guide a multinational policing workforce in Haiti, saying it violated the nation’s structure. Supporters of the movement mentioned Kenya had an ethical obligation and responsibility to help Haiti.
The deliberate deployment was blocked by the Excessive Courtroom in Nairobi in October. On Thursday, the court docket was because of rule on a case by former presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot who mentioned the mission, backed by the United Nations, “was a mistake and a suicide mission.”
Burundi, Chad, Senegal, Jamaica and Belize have all pledged troops for the multinational mission which may price Kenya greater than $230 Million.
Violence has escalated in Haiti as a heavily-armed gang surrounded a hospital within the capital Port-au-prince Wednesday, trapping sufferers who included 40 kids and newborns. Police later rescued the individuals.
Gangs throughout Haiti have continued to develop extra highly effective because the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and the variety of kidnappings and killings retains rising.