Inside secret Washington DC meeting on Haiti mission

By Martin Mwangi, NTV Kenya, Feb. 17, 2024

Government officials from Kenya, Haiti and the United States have held secret meetings over the deployment of Kenyan police officers to Haiti.

A delegation from Kenya led by former Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who currently serves as Deputy National Security Advisor, met with Haitian and US officials in Washington for three days on 12, 13 and 14 February to discuss critical details of the deployment of Kenyan police officers to the Caribbean nation.

NTV has learnt that during the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was drafted, including a deadline for the Kenyan officers to arrive in Haiti. However, at the end of the meeting, the parties had not agreed on the exact day the officers would leave Kenya.

The Kenyan team undertook to provide information next week on the exact date the officers will depart for the mission.

During the meetings, logistical issues were also discussed on how the Kenyan officers would be able to move from one point to another during their time in Haiti.

Compliance, surveillance, required equipment, operations and human rights issues that have been raised against the Kenyan police in relation to their handling of the 2023 anti-government protests were other topics of discussion.

It was during the meeting that Walter Nyakieya Nyamato, a senior officer who served as the personal assistant to Deputy Inspector General Noor Gabow, was found dead in a Washington DC hotel room. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

The Supreme Court blocked the government from deploying police officers to fight gangs in Haiti. The court said the deployment was unconstitutional because the National Security Council had no legal authority to send police abroad.

A statement from the Haitian government said a final decision on the memorandum of understanding would be made early next week and signed by both parties.

 

Posted Feb. 25, 2024