Thursday, September 28, 2023 – President William Ruto’s peace mission in Haiti may not be a walk in the park.
This is after Haitians rejected him and his so-called peace mission in the troubled Caribbean nation.
Already, a group of Haitian-American elected officials have written to United States President Joe Biden asking him to withdraw support for Kenya’s Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
The officials cite reasons for their request, saying that Kenya’s intervention in Haiti will increase President Ariel Henry’s grip on power.
The officials including those affiliated with The National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) and Family Action Network Movement (FANM) wrote to Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing their concerns.
“Any military intervention supporting Haiti’s corrupt, repressive, unelected regime will likely exacerbate its current political crisis to a catastrophic one,” they wrote.
“It will further entrench the regime, deepening Haiti’s political crisis while generating significant civilian casualties and migration pressure,” they noted in their request.
Haiti has been a nation of interest because of its instability and spike in gang dominance since the assassination of former President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, making Henry the country’s interim leader.
Most Haitian and Haitian-American civil societies have also piled pressure on the Biden administration to withdraw support for Henry.
The groups claimed that the current government has links with the gangs terrorizing Haitian citizens.
They also called on the U.S. authorities to increase their efforts to prevent weapons trafficking to Haiti.
Advocacy groups have accused Biden and his administration of interfering in Haiti’s internal affairs, with Kenya’s US-funded operation in the country being cited as a prime example.
The United States pledged a whopping Ksh14.8 billion in support for Kenya as the country plans to send 1000 police officers to Haiti.
The Kenyan DAILY POST