US government pledges Ksh14 Billion to back Kenya Police in Haiti to ensure the success of the mission.
The administration of President Joe Biden is seeking to provide Ksh14.5 billion (USD 100 million) to the Kenya Police-led peacekeeping effort in Haiti.
While making the announcement on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated that the Biden administration was keen on ensuring that the police mission is successful.
According to Blinken, the support will include logistics, intelligence, communication, and medical assistance.
“The people of Haiti cannot wait much longer. Improved security must be accompanied by real progress to resolve the political crisis. The support mission will not be a substitute for political progress,” he stated.
The announcement by the Biden administration was made hours after Blinken held a meeting with Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua alongside other officials from the United Nations (UN) at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Blinken hinted that the purpose of the meeting was to increase support for the Kenya-led expedition, which has not yet received approval from the UN Security Council.
According to reports, the focus of the behind-closed-doors conference was on the officers’ logistical needs and the early findings of the Kenyan police team’s visit to Haiti in August.
“We convened partners at the UNGA to support the Multinational Security Support mission to Haiti, which will help Haitian people in restoring security and stability,” Blinken added.
As per the proposal, Kenya will send 1000 police officers to the country whose stability was compromised by gangs.
Apart from Kenya, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbuda, and Antigua Islands have also offered to support the mission with the deployment of officers.
During the mission, the NPS officers will train Haiti police and assist them in restoring peace in the country.
Other countries are yet to join in the mission which we’ll immediately kickstart once approved by the UN Security Council.
Notably, the developments from the US came days after Biden praised President William Ruto for offering to deploy officers to Haiti even as he called on the security council to fasten the process.