The first contingents of Kenyan police officers finally arrive in Port-au-Prince

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

A first cohort of 400 Kenyan police officers disembarked this Tuesday morning at Toussaint Louverture international airport, Port-au-Prince, aboard a Kenya Airways plane as part of the multinational mission to support security in Haiti.

A second contingent is expected in the next few days. Deputy Inspector General Godfrey Otunge will lead the multinational mission.

Kenyan President William Ruto bid farewell on Monday to the officers who landed in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday as part of the Multinational Security Support Mission in Haiti, at a brief ceremony at the Administrative Police Training College for the pre-deployment briefing.

“The presence of our police officers in Haiti will bring relief to the men, women and children whose lives have been shattered by gang violence,” related William Ruto, adding that “Kenya has a strong track record in peacemaking and conflict resolution worldwide.

This first group of Kenyan police officers is made up of elite officers from the Rapid Deployment Unit, the General Services Unit and the Kenya Administrative Police.

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