Kenya: Court rejects Kenya sending police officers to Haiti to fight gangs
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Court blocks Kenya from deploying police officers to Haiti to fight gangs Order comes after UN approved mission to send Kenya-led police officers to help Haiti combat rampant gang violence A Kenyan court temporarily blocked the government from deploying hundreds of police personnel in Haiti in a UN-approved mission aimed at helping the Caribbean nation tackle rampant gang violence. The court order issued on Monday is valid until 24 October and followed a petition jointly filed by one of the opposition political parties and two Kenyans who say the decision to deploy the police officers outside the east African country is illegal. According to a court document seen by Reuters, the order bars Kenyan government officials including the president and his interior minister “from deploying police officers to Haiti or any other country until 24th October 2023”. In July, Kenya pledged to offer 1,000 police officers after Haiti appealed for international help with security personnel to assist in its battle against gangs blamed for spiraling violence. Police officers throw tear gas to demonstrators during a protest against insecurity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN votes to send Kenyan-led security forces to Haiti to figure gangs.