Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has singled out slow financing as the main obstacle the government faces in deploying Kenyan police officers for the Haiti peacekeeping mission.
Gachagua emphasized that the mission’s success hinges on the much-needed financial support from the international community which he termed as the primary challenge.
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“As we expedite our local approvals in Parliament, we request the international community, which we have provided with the personnel, to furnish us with the required financial support for the mission, as that is our primary challenge,” stated the Deputy President.
Gachagua addressed the issue during his speech on Sunday in Kilgoris, Narok County, where he emphasised the significance of the UN Security Council’s approval for Kenyan police to lead the mission, showcasing international recognition.
He further underscored the importance of parliamentary approval and urged Parliament to expedite the deployment process in accordance with the law.
Gachagua appealed to the international community to ensure that the deployed officers and the peace mission receive the necessary financial aid to accomplish their mission.
He highlighted that the government intends to deploy at least 1,000 police officers to Haiti, stressing the significance of this mission for the Kenyan Police Service.
“Our officers will gain new experiences as they interact with officers from other countries. They will return with valuable experiences that will enhance their service to our country,” said Gachagua.
This deployment received the Cabinet’s approval under the leadership of President William Ruto. National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah has assured that Parliament is prepared to endorse the Cabinet’s decision and facilitate the deployment while addressing any legal challenges that may arise.