‘Kenya Police can easily handle Haiti criminal gangs’ – Cherargei
Nandi senator Samson Cherargei has backed the government's move to send police officers to quell and quash the ongoing violence in Haiti.
In a statement, the senator stated that the Kenya Police could easily handle the gangs and restore normalcy in the North American country because they 'effectively' handled the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya anti-government protests.
Cherargei also congratulated the officers and wished them good riddance as they embarked on their peace mission to restore normalcy in the violence-stricken country.
"On Kenya's peace mission in Haiti is welcomed. The Kenya Police can easily handle Haiti criminal gangs because they vanquished the Azimio-OKA illegal protests/maandamano thoroughly until the entire world noticed their effective and efficiency in handling lawlessness," the senator wrote.
"Congratulations to Kenya Police Service as you serve our Haitian brothers & our Prayers go with you. Utumishi kwa wote!" he added.
On Kenya's peace mission in Haiti is welcomed. The Kenya Police can easily handle Haiti criminal gangs because they vanquished the Azimio-OKA illegal protests/maandamano thoroughly until the entire world noticed their effective and efficiency in handling lawlessness.…— Senator Kiprotich Arap Cherargei (@scherargei) September 28, 2023
Kenya to deploy officers
About two months ago, Foreign and Diaspora Cabinet Secretary (CS) Alfred Mutua announced that Kenya had agreed to deploy 1,000 police officers to Haiti on a peace mission.
CS Mutua went on to state that the move is part of the country's effort to support people of African descent across the world.
"At the request of Friends of Haiti Group of Nations, Kenya has accepted to positively consider leading a Multi-National Force to Haiti," Mutua said.
"Kenya's commitment is to deploy a contingent of 1,000 police officers to help train and assist Haitian police to restore normalcy in the country and protect strategic installations," he added.
The move was met with sharp criticism from a section of Kenyans and human rights activists who claimed that the move would attract serious consequences on the country's security system given the police force's poor human rights record.