Haiti elected leaders call on US President Biden to withdraw support for Kenya in Haiti police deployment.
In a letter to US President Joe Biden, a coalition of elected Haitian-American officials asks him to withdraw funding to Kenya’s peacekeeping deployment in Haiti.
The officials, who included those connected to the Family Action Network Movement (FANM) and The National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON), wrote to Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing their concerns over police deployment by Kenya.
The leaders argued that Kenya’s involvement in Haiti will bolster President Ariel Henry’s hold on power.
“Any military intervention supporting Haiti’s corrupt, repressive, unelected regime will likely exacerbate its current political crisis to a catastrophic one,” they wrote.
“It will further entrench the regime, deepening Haiti’s political crisis while generating significant civilian casualties and migration pressure,” they noted in their request.
Most Haitian and Haitian-American civil societies have also piled pressure on the Biden administration to withdraw support for Henry.
“If your Administration were to withdraw its support for Dr. Henry, he would have been forced to negotiate with Haitian civil society and other groups toward a peaceful solution to Haiti’s current political crisis,” the groups wrote.
The groups asserted that the current administration is connected to the gangs attacking the people of Haiti.
Additionally, they demanded that the American authorities step up their efforts to stop the flow of firearms to Haiti.
“This regime has dismantled Haiti’s democratic structures while facilitating and conceding control of the country to many gang leaders. The PHTK governments did not run a fair or timely election,” the groups further wrote.
Advocacy groups have accused Biden and his administration of interfering in Haiti’s internal affairs, with Kenya’s US-funded operation in the country being cited as a prime example.
The United States pledged its support of Ksh 14.8 billion for Kenya as the country plans to send 1000 police officers to Haiti.
Haiti has been a nation of interest because of its instability and spike in gang dominance since the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, making Henry the country’s interim leader.