ODM Asks Govt to Reconsider Police Mission to Haiti

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The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has urged the government to reconsider the planned deployment of Kenyan police to lead the Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti.

The party, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the deployment has “no strategic geopolitical value to Kenya” making the move ill-advised.

Additionally, ODM claimed Kenya’s National Police Service lacks a constitutional mandate to conduct operations outside the country.

“The recommended ratio of police officers to population is one for every 450 citizens. Kenya’s ration is around 1 for every 1,000 citizens. We simply do not have policemen to spare,” the party said.

“Indeed, given the current security challenges around Sondu, Lamu, the North Rift, along the border with Somalia and within the islands of Lake Victoria, only a truly insensitive and reckless government would deploy 1,000 police officers elsewhere,” it added.

The opposition party further claimed that some of the world’s most powerful countries had intervened in Haiti in the past with disastrous outcomes each time.

“There is therefore no gainsaying the fact that the breakdown of law and order, or the instability in Haiti, are not superficial issues that require mere policing. The root causes go deeper than that,” the party said.

ODM called on MPs to reject the deployment when the matter is brought before Parliament.

“In light of these concerns, ODM urges the Ruto regime to reconsider this offer. We call upon Members of Parliament to oppose the deployment of our men and women in uniform to Haiti should the matter be brought before Parliament,” the party said.

“Our focus should remain on addressing Kenya’s pressing internal security issues, improving our law enforcement, and safeguarding the well-being of our police officers and citizens.”

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