Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua has welcomed the United Nations Security Council approval of the Kenya-led mission to Haiti, a year after the Caribbean nation sought help to wrestle with rampant gang violence.
According to Mutua, history will judge Kenya kindly for her intervention in Haiti to help 'suffering brothers and sisters'.
"I thank the United Nations Security Council #UNSC for adopting the Resolution that gives the mandate to intervene in Haiti to help our suffering brothers and sisters. I thank all those that have constructively participated to make the resolution fit for purpose and the effective networking that has gone on. History will judge all of us kindly," the CS stated in a social media post released on Tuesday morning.
A further statement from Alfred Mutua read: "I call upon all international partners of goodwill to put together an effective multinational support mission that within a short time, will be in Haiti changing lives.
"This mandate is not only about Peace and Security, but also about the rebuilding of Haiti – its politics, its economic development, and social stability. It is the beginning of a new chapter for the fathers, mothers and children of Haiti. It’s for the posterity of Haiti and a force for good for global Peace and Security."
The 15-member council adopted a resolution, drafted by the United States and Ecuador, following a voting process.
China and Russia abstained from the vote while the remaining 13 members voted in favor.
The council authorised the missions "to take all necessary measures" - code for use of force to combat gang violence.
Kenya has pledged 1,000 police offiers and troops to spearhead the one-year mission.
Several other countries have stated a willingness so far to contribute to the mission, in the form of equipment, money or boots on the ground.
They include; The Bahamas, Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda, Italy, Spain, Mongolia, Senegal, Belize, Suriname, Guatemala and Peru.