Deployment of Kenyan troops to Haiti awaits parliament approval

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The National Assembly (NA) this week is expected to approve several Cabinet resolutions, among them the deployment of troops to Haiti.

Speaking at Olmotonyi Primary School in Transmara South during a fund drive in aid of churches in the area, NA Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah, said Parliament will this week consider Cabinet proposals, among them the deployment of police to Haiti, which he revealed will take centre stage.

While considering the proposals, Ichung’wah said due process has to be followed to avoid conflict with the Constitution.

“I want to assure the President that Parliament will approve the proposals by the Cabinet to allow our troops to go to Haiti.

“However, we will do so after analysing each and every detail to ensure that all concerns Kenyans are raising are addressed and that the Constitution is not violated. For example, we need to get assurances that no public funds will be spent in the process,” he said.

Ichung’wah explained that the current economic hardships the country is facing cannot allow her to spend an extra coin on a foreign peacekeeping mission.

While appearing to support the deployment, the majority leader said the move will give our police officers a chance to gain more experience and skills.

“Since we have been told that the mission is multinational, countries that are not providing troops should provide funds. If our police officers will be paid by the United Nations (UN), then it’s an attractive offer since they pay well. We will support,” he declared.

The United Nations Security Council on October 2, 2023, approved the deployment of a multinational security mission into Haiti, to help curb escalating gang violence in the Caribbean country.

Kenya has been picked to lead the yearlong security mission.

During the Transmara fund drive, which was presided over by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, a total of Sh 10 million was raised.

The DP was accompanied by, among others, Narok leaders led by Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu, Kilgoris Legislator Julius Sunkuli, and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei.

By Isaiah Nayika

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