Raila Odinga terms Kenya’s mission to Haiti as a misplaced priority after approval by the United Nations Security Council.
The government’s intentions to send 1,000 police personnel to Haiti to fight criminal gangs have been criticized, with Azimio coalition leader, Raila Odinga, calling the mission a misplaced priority.
Raila stated that the security crisis in the Caribbean country needed political solutions rather than “more guns” during an interview with a local TV station on Wednesday night.
“Why Kenya? The US itself withdrew its forces from there, the problem with Haiti is political, they do not need more guns to calm that situation,” Raila stated.
“I don’t see if the situation in Haiti is a priority to Kenyans,” he added.
He warned that many US security officers lost their lives in Haiti, saying the government should be wary of the armed gangs in the country.
The Americans withdrew from Haiti because of the challenges they encountered in the country. We will regret sending our officers to Haiti when they come back in coffins,” he added.
Raila’s statement comes after the United Nations Security Council on Monday approved the Haiti mission.
President Ruto’s administration has already agreed to send 1,000 police officers to the Caribbean nation.
The president after UN approval said he was confident the mission would succeed.
“The situation in Haiti demands, as a matter of humanitarian consideration, moral responsibility, and fundamental justice, that actions be scaled up significantly to meet the demands of emergency relief, humanitarian aid, support for livelihoods and major interventions in public health and environmental protection,” the president said.
“…We shall succeed in Haiti. We must not fail the people of Haiti,” he added.