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UN Security Council Unveils 2 Plans to Expedite Kenyan Troops Deployment to Haiti 

UN Security Council Unveils 2 Plans to Expedite Kenyan Troops Deployment to Haiti 

The dispatch of 1,000 Kenyan police officers to Haiti has faced numerous obstacles, leading to an escalation of violence in the Caribbean country.

The UN approved Kenya’s mission in October 2023, but its execution is still pending. In the April Security Council Report, the UN stressed the importance of deploying this mission to restore order in Haiti.

The UN report disclosed that during the forthcoming 90-day briefing for council members, there will be deliberations on two proposals aimed at accelerating the deployment of the Multinational Security Support (MSS) team under the leadership of Kenya.

One possible resolution entails putting into effect the transitional governance arrangements outlined in the agreement of 11 March, thereby facilitating the deployment of troops.

“This is an important step towards consolidating political consensus among Haitian leaders, and facilitating the deployment of the MSS mission,” read part of the report.

Moreover, the creation of an interim council will ultimately enable Haiti to hold nationwide elections, thereby tackling the fundamental issues underlying the nation’s instability.

At the same time, the alternative approach involves rallying the global community to offer adequate assistance to the soldiers involved in the peacekeeping operation.

“Council members are united in their concern about the spiraling situation in Haiti, including the most recent wave of violence, and generally agree on the need for a Haitian-led political solution that addresses both security and socioeconomic challenges,” read part of the report.

According to the report, the Security Council expressed its dedication to backing initiatives, both globally and locally, aimed at stabilizing Haiti’s political climate and curbing the recent increase in gang-related violence.


The global community has shown backing for the mission, with countries like the United States pledging billions of dollars in support, including funding for ammunition.

Canada has allocated approximately Ksh8 billion towards the mission and will also provide training to the troops before their deployment. This training is scheduled to take place in Jamaica over approximately one month.

Alternatively, in February, Benin extended its support to the mission led by Kenya by committing to deploy 2,000 troops. Additionally, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Antigua and Barbuda are among the countries poised to provide officers for the mission.

Nevertheless, certain nations like the United States have declined appeals to deploy their military personnel to Haiti. This has sparked apprehension regarding the reluctance of countries boasting highly sophisticated armed forces to step forward and take charge of the mission.

Kenya has faced backlash for consenting to the mission, with certain officers retracting due to safety concerns. Nonetheless, the government has underscored that the deployment remains unchanged.

UN Security Council Unveils 2 Plans to Expedite Kenyan Troops Deployment to Haiti