Two hundred Kenyan police officers are in Haiti, says opposition lawyer Charles Mitenga

Kenyan President William Ruto, September 18, 2023 in New York. Kenya has offered to lead a multinational force in Haiti, but on Tuesday October 24, 2023, a court extended the suspension of the deployment of Kenyan police officers there.

By Marion Cazanove, rfi, Oct. 24, 2023

On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, a Kenyan court extended the suspension of the deployment of Kenyan police officers on site. Delaying the deployment, despite the UN's support. 

Alliance troisième voie, Kenya's opposition party, believes that the deployment of police officers in Haiti is unconstitutional. It has therefore taken the matter to court to clarify the legality of the deployment. A hearing, scheduled for Tuesday October 24, 2023, has been postponed, as not all parties have yet submitted their arguments.

According to our Nairobi correspondent Gaëlle Laleix, "for the time being, only the plaintiffs and the Attorney General have submitted their remarks". But the opposition party's lawyer, Charles Mitenga, deplores the fact that the court's orders are not being followed: "Two hundred Kenyan police officers are in Haiti on reconnaissance. Some are even training there".

For Attorney General Emmanuel Bitta, this debate should take place in Parliament, not in a court of justice: "The court and Parliament will be stepping on each other's toes. According to the Constitution, Parliament remains the first instance", he explained.

The parties now have three days to submit their arguments to the court. A new hearing has been set for November 9, 2023.


Translated and edited for clarity by CHIP editors


Posted Oct. 29, 2023