June 14, 2024

Court blocks Kenyan police deployment to Haiti

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Court blocks Kenyan police deployment to Haiti

High Court issues conservatory order blocking Kenya Police deployment to Haiti following UN Security Council approval

High Court issues conservatory order blocking Kenya Police deployment to Haiti following UN Security Council approval.

The High Court issued a conservatory injunction on Monday, October 9 that temporarily halted the dispatch of Kenyan police to Haiti.

In addition to giving the orders, Justice E.C. Mwita barred the state from sending police to any other nation until October 24, 2023, when a case will be heard.

“That a conservatory order is hereby issued restraining the respondents from deploying police officers to Haiti or any other country until 24th October 2023,” Mwita directed.

The High Court judge also said the respondents should file responses to the petition within three days of service and file a supplementary affidavit, if any, together with written submissions on the petition not exceeding 10 pages.

The petition in question was filed by Third Way Alliance and Miruru Waweru wherein the two parties sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, and four others.

The United Nations Security Council approved a multinational force led by Kenya to deploy police to the gang-dominated Haiti to restore peace.

The United States has already committed to funnel Ksh14.8 billion ($100 million) to assist Kenya in the mission.

The order comes after the National Police Service started the process of selecting police officers who are set to be deployed for Haiti’s peace mission.

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According to an internal signal to all platoons within the General Service Unit accessed by Nairobi Leo, NPS ordered for the names of qualified persons to be urgently submitted.

“The unit is in the process of selection exercise of suitable officers for a special assignment,” the circular read in part.

“In view of this, you are urgently required to submit names of officers.”

Each platoon has been tasked with selecting two police Constables and one corporal. For the above rank, officers must have at least five years of active service in the National Police Service.

The officers must be aged between 20 and 55 years, must not have more than two convictions and the last one should not be under six months.

Additionally, they should be mentally and physically fit, able to handle firearms safely, and have proven shooting skills.

President William Ruto in a statement on Tuesday, October 3 expressed confidence that Kenyan police officers will succeed in restoring order in Haiti.

The Head of State also observed that the Haiti mission is of special significance to Kenya and of critical urgency.

“We experienced the harrowing brunt of colonialism, as well as the long, difficult, and frustrating struggle for freedom against those that can influence international institutions to frustrate justice,” said Ruto.

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