Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura has addressed concerns regarding the politicization of the government’s decision to deploy troops to Haiti. Speaking during a media briefing, Mwaura acknowledged the timing of the deployment approval statement coinciding with a High Court injunction, highlighting the complexities surrounding the mission.

The official agreement between Kenya and Haiti, witnessed by President Ruto and Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry, signifies a significant diplomatic initiative aimed at enhancing international security cooperation. Despite the ongoing debates and legal challenges, Mwaura urged Kenyans to rally behind the government’s efforts to promote global peace and stability.

Mwaura emphasized the importance of national unity and support for government initiatives, particularly in matters of security. Drawing parallels with past deployments such as the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) mission in Congo, Mwaura highlighted Kenya’s historical commitment to collaborating with other nations in peacekeeping endeavors. He underscored the reciprocal nature of international partnerships, emphasizing how other countries have also assisted Kenya in enhancing its security capabilities.

Expressing concern over what he termed as an online campaign against the Haiti deployment, Mwaura urged for trust in the government’s decision-making process. Responding to queries regarding the prioritization of domestic security challenges, Mwaura stressed that the Haiti deployment does not detract from ongoing efforts to address insecurity within Kenya. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to pursuing comprehensive security reforms, including collaborations with regional and international partners.

Mwaura commended President Ruto’s engagement with the African Union to advocate for security sector reforms, aligning with the Kenya Kwanza government’s manifesto promises. The deployment of 1,000 police officers to Haiti as part of the Multi-National Security Support Mission represents Kenya’s leadership in coordinating international peacekeeping efforts, following a request from member states.

President Ruto affirmed the preparations for the mission, including the formulation of operational guidelines and agreements to ensure effective and disciplined conduct during deployment. As Kenya assumes a pivotal role in leading the coordination of the international mission, Mwaura reiterated the government’s commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to global peacekeeping endeavors.

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