Delegation of Kenyan Police Officers Arrives in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – A delegation of Kenyan police officers arrived in Haiti on Sunday on a reconnaissance mission following the East African country’s offer to help the Haitian National Police (HNP) in their bid to restore peace and security in the country.

kenyaSKenya delegation leaves the Toussaint Louverture International Airport on Sunday under heavy armed security (via CMC)Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Alfred Mutua,  has said that his country’s commitment is to deploy a contingent of 1,000 police officers to help train and assist Haitian police restore normalcy in the country and protect strategic installations.

Two CARICOM countries – the Bahamas and Jamaica- have already said they are willing to provide personnel and the United States has also indicated a willingness to put forward a Security Council resolution to back a deployment.

Last year, Haiti’s Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry, sent an urgent appeal to the UN asking for “the immediate deployment of a specialized armed force, in sufficient quantity” to stop gang warfare in his country.

On Sunday, nearly a dozen senior police officers left the Toussaint Louverture international airport under heavy security. The mission, led by Deputy Inspector General of Administrative Police, Noor Gabow, will meet with Prime Minister Dr. Ariel Henry and Defense Minister Enold Joseph, among others.

Last week, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged the Security Council to ensure that a multinational police deployment force is sent to Haiti to restore peace and security in the country.

In a report that was circulated to the 15-member Security Council, the UN Secretary General outlined two potential UN options, namely providing logistical support to a multinational force and Haiti’s police and to strengthen a UN political mission already in Haiti.

Last Friday, UN human rights officials denounced what they called the “extreme brutality” of gangs in Haiti.

They said from January 1 to August 15, more than 2,400 people were reported killed, more than 950 kidnapped, and another 902 injured.

Last week, the CARICOM Eminent Persons Group (EPG) said  it has been holding virtual discussions with Haitian stakeholders as efforts continue to deal with the ongoing socio-economic and political situation there.

The group, headed by former St. Lucia prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and including his two former prime ministerial colleagues, Bruce Golding of Jamaica and Perry Christie of the Bahamas, had travelled to Port au Prince last month to continue meeting with government and other Haitian stakeholders.