Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua clarified Kenya’s decision to send police to Haiti, dispelling rumours of influence by global powers. During a press briefing in Nairobi, Mutua emphasized that Kenya’s involvement was a response to a direct appeal for assistance from the Caribbean nation.
Mutua stated that Kenya is highly regarded for its contributions to peacekeeping missions, having previously deployed troops to various regions, including Namibia, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Bosnia, South Sudan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Mutua told the press during a press briefing in Nairobi that Kenya is one of the most sought-after nations for peacekeeping missions, having previously sent troops to Namibia, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Bosnia, South Sudan, Somalia and the DRC.
“It is because of Kenya’s stellar performance that the Government of Haiti requested Kenya to lead a police mission to help stabilise and bring order to their country,” said the CS.
“We assure the people of Haiti that we feel your pain. When you cry out, we feel it and when your children suffer. Your pain is our pain. We shall stand with you at this difficult time and walk the journey towards peace together because you deserve to live a secure and prosperous life, ” he added.
The CS also said that the government of Kenya has started the planning logistics, required equipment for the police and psychological preparedness for the personnel.
“We expect the UN mandate within the next few weeks. After that, we will deploy to Haiti. We have also started teaching some of our officers French as well,” he noted.
Mutua assured Kenyans that the peace and security-building in Haiti would not be funded by President William Ruto’s administration.
“The Government of Haiti requested Kenya to lead a police mission to help stabilize and restore order in their country due to Kenya’s stellar performance in peacekeeping,” affirmed the CS.
Kenya’s commitment involves sending 1,000 security personnel to Haiti, where armed gangs have taken control of significant areas amid intersecting crises in public health, politics, and the economy.
Furthermore, Mutua shared information about the creation of the KaziMajuu portal, which will feature verified job listings from around the world.
He encouraged eligible Kenyans to apply for opportunities, notably mentioning the demand for nurses in Saudi Arabia. He revealed that Saudi Arabia had recently dispatched a team of health officials to Kenya to interview and recruit Kenyan nurses.
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