Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has revealed the main duties Kenyan police officers will be doing in the Haiti Multi-National Security mission.
In a statement on Thursday, November 9, Kindiki said the Kenyan officers will support the Haitian National Police (HNP) in joint operational planning, capacity building and conduct joint security operations
The Kenyan officers will also provide security for critical infrastructure sites, and transit locations including airports and ports, provision of unhindered and safe access to humanitarian aid for the population receiving assistance.
They will further maintain law, order, and public safety in full compliance with International Law.
“Kenya shall provide the overall mission command and leadership of the Multi-National Security Support in Haiti,” said Kindiki.
He noted that the officers will not be deployed until all the required resources, including equipment and finances, are mobilized and availed.
CS Kindiki at the same time pointed out that no taxpayers' money will be spent to deploy the 1,000 police officers.
“The cost of deployment will be borne by United Nations member states through voluntary contributions,” he stated.
The Interior CS further said the deployment will the deployment of the Kenyan officers to Haiti will neither compromise nor undermine the capacity and capability of the National Police Service to fulfill its mandate to secure citizens and their property.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last month approved the deployment of one thousand police officers to Haiti. The mission will see the Bahamas Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, and Barbuda also sending troops.
The High Court on October 24 extended orders blocking the deployment of police officers until a petition filed by Third Way Alliance Party Leader Ekuru Aukot is heard and determined.