Editor's Review

The First Lady argued that the police officers would not proceed with their mission until prayer companies them.

First Lady Rachel Ruto has announced the establishment of a unique team of intercessors to back up the Kenyan police readying themselves for the peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Speaking during a gospel event at Weston Hotel, Rachel revealed that she was involved in the intense plans to have the prayer team established long before the team flew out to the Caribbean country.

According to her, the law enforcers would need prayers to accompany their mission.

Constituting the team were intercessors from Kenya, the US and Haiti, she said.

"Some friends of ours have been holed up in a meeting for two days discussing the issues of Haiti because we felt at the national altar that we cannot allow our police to go to Haiti without prayer. So they have been strategising on a spiritual solution and prayer for our police as they go to Haiti and pray for the people there," she said.

"We were in that meeting where he had pastors from Haiti and America, and saw how these countries can come together to pray because with prayer everything is possible," added Rachel.

Meanwhile, Kenya was forced to hold back the Haiti deployment after the resignation of the country's Prime Minister Ariel Henry on March 11 following weeks of pressure and increasing violence.

President William Ruto and former Haiti PM Ariel Henry witnessing the signing of the MoU to deploy Kenyan police to the Caribbean country.

According to Kenya's Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Singoei, Nairobi could not proceed with the police deployment to Haiti without a political administration on which the deployment can rest.

The Kenyan government will now have to wait for a new constitutional authority to be installed before making further decisions on the deployment of officers.

Kenya and Haiti on March 1 signed an agreement formalizing the deployment of 1,000 police officers to the North American nation.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki signed the agreement with his Haitian counterpart at State House Nairobi.

“I am pleased to inform you that Prime Minister Ariel Henri and I have witnessed the signing of this instrument. We have also discussed the next steps to enable the fast-tracking of the deployment,” Ruto said in a statement.

The High Court on January 26 blocked the deployment of Kenyan officers to Haiti saying the National Security Council lacks authority to deploy police officers outside the country.