Kenyan court rules deployment to lead UN mission in Haiti “illegal”

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A Kenyan court ruled Friday against the government’s plan to deploy police officers to Haiti to lead a U.N.-backed multinational mission aimed at restoring order in the gang-plagued Caribbean country.

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The decision comes as HaitiThe government is calling for the urgent deployment of a multinational force to help the overwhelmed country. police fight against endemic violence.

The UN Security Council gave the green light in early October for the Kenyan-led mission, which has faced criticism at home and a legal challenge filed in the Nairobi High Court last year.

On Friday, Justice Enock Chacha Mwita ruled that “any decision taken by any state organ or state agent to deploy police officers in Haiti… contravenes the constitution and the law and is therefore unconstitutional, illegal and invalid.

“An order is issued prohibiting the deployment of police forces in Haiti or any other country,” he said.

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There was no immediate response from the Kenyan government to the decision.

President William Ruto previously described the Kenyan venture as a “mission for humanity” in a nation ravaged by colonialism.

Haiti’s foreign minister pleaded Thursday for the deployment to be accelerated, telling the UN Security Council that gang violence in the country was as barbaric as the horrors experienced in war zones.

“The Haitian people can’t take it anymore. I hope this time will be the last time I speak before the deployment of a multinational force to support our security forces,” Jean Victor Geneus told the council.

Kenya’s government had previously said it was ready to provide up to 1,000 troops, with Nairobi’s ambassador to the United Nations, Martin Kimani, saying “significant progress” had been made in its preparations for the mission .

The decision throws those plans into disarray, even as Haiti sinks deeper into crisis, with homicides more than doubling last year, according to a report. UN report.

The multinational mission – initially approved for one year – had envisioned Kenyan police on the offensive with their Haitian counterparts, who are outnumbered and outgunned by gang members.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has been plagued by unrest for years, with armed gangs seizing parts of the country and unleashing brutal violence, and whose economy and system public health are in tatters.

The assassination of the president in 2021 Jovenel Moïse further plunged the country into chaos. No elections have taken place since 2016 and the presidency remains vacant.

(AFP)

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