Wamalwa questions gov’t over deployment of 1,000 officers to Haiti

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On Sat, 2 Mar, 2024 16:44 | 2 mins read
Eugene Wamalwa during a past function. PHOTO/Eugene Wamalwa(@EugeneLWamalwa)/X
Eugene Wamalwa during a past function. PHOTO/Eugene Wamalwa(@EugeneLWamalwa)/X

Ex-Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eugene Wamalwa has criticized the government's move to deploy 1,000 police officers to Haiti.

In his statement, Wamalwa wondered why the government was quick to deploy officers to a country that is over 12,000 kilometres away across the Atlantic Ocean when the same government is incapable of sending troops 200 kilometres away to deal with bandits terrorizing residents in Baringo and Suguta valleys.

He also stated that it was unrealistic that the government had neglected the bandit-prone areas when Member of County Assembly (MCA) Paul Meshimpiro was killed by the bandits.

"Why are we sending our Police to deal with gangs in Haiti over 12,000kms away across the Atlantic, when we can't send enough Police officers 200kms away to deal with bandits of Kerio and Suguta valleys who are killing our own citizens day and night and the other day killed a respected Member of the Samburu County Assembly Hon Paul Leshimpiro?" Wamalwa posed.

The former CS's remarks followed after Kenya signed an agreement with Haiti on the deployment of officers to Haiti.

The acknowledgement which was done by security ministers from the two countries was witnessed by President Willliam Ruto and Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry in Nairobi on Friday afternoon.

This was despite the High Court blocking the government from deploying officers to the Caribbean country.

In the ruling rendered by Justice Chacha Mwita, the court stated that the way the proposal for the deployment was made was unconstitutional, null and void.

Justice Mwita asserted that the government was not mandated to deploy officers to another country and that the decision did not meet the constitutional and statutory standards.

"It is my finding that the National Security Council and National Police Service (NPS) do not have powers at all to deploy police outside Kenya. I therefore find the deployment of 1,000 police officers to Haiti in a UN-approved mission unconstitutional, null and void, "Justice Mwita ruled.

"An order is hereby issued prohibiting the purported deployment of police officers to Haiti or any other country, otherwise and in contrary with Sections 107 and 108 of the National Police Service (NPS) Act."

However, after the court issued the orders President Ruto came out to emphasise that the plan would go on as agreed.

The Head of State subsequently affirmed that the court's remarks on the legibility of the process were misinterpreted, he went on to state that the country already had bilateral relations with Haiti and that all that was needed was for Haiti to make a request.

"I think there is a misinterpretation of what the court did. We already have bilateral relations with Haiti, all that needs to be done now is for Haiti to make a request to Kenya and the mission will go ahead," Ruto said.

"The mission can go ahead as soon as next week, if all the paperwork is done between Kenya and Haiti on the bilateral route that has been suggested by the court," Ruto added.

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