Azimio furious over American backing for Haiti mission

Written by on 31 January 2024

The Azimio Coalition yesterday rebuked the US government for supporting deployment of Kenyan police to Haiti despite the High Court halting the plan last week.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition accused the Joe Biden administration of meddling into the affairs of the country by not respecting its rule of law.

Addressing the press after the first Azimio Coalition Summit meeting this year at Raila’s Capitol Hill Office, the opposition leaders termed the statement from US supporting deployment of Kenya’s police to Haiti as unfortunate. Azimio co- Principal Martha Karua urged foreign interests to keep off Kenya affairs.

“On the ruling of the deployment of police to Haiti, we hope all will respect the court and all foreign interests with the judiciary will keep off our national affairs,” said Karua.

The coalition also announced that there are no cracks amongst them and that they will be intact to challenge Kenya Kwanza’s totalitarianism. The coalition said it has braved a bid by President William Ruto to create disunity within its ranks.

Kenyans have regained their voice and courage because the coalition has managed to stand together by standing up to bullies of the Kenya Kwanza regime,” said former Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

The US on Monday said it supports the ongoing international efforts to deploy a Multinational Security Support mission for Haiti, despite last week’s High Court ruling that declared the deployment illegal.

US Department of State spokesperson Mathew Miller in a statement yesterday said their commitment to the Haitian people remains unwavering, and urged the international community to urgently provide support for the mission.

“We reaffirm our support of ongoing international efforts to deploy a Multinational Security Support mission for Haiti, as requested by Haiti and authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 2699,” Miller said.

He added: “The United States acknowledges the ruling by the Republic of Kenya’s High Court regarding the deployment of Kenyan police in support of the Multinational Security Support mission to Haiti and the Government of Kenya’s stated intent to challenge this ruling.”

The statement added it is prudent the international community responds to the unprecedented levels of gang violence and destabilising forces preying upon the Haitian people. “At the same time, we call for the restoration of democratic order through an inclusive political process in Haiti. We continue to urge Haitian stakeholders to reach consensus on power-sharing and inclusive governance.”

“The only legitimate path to long-term peace and stability is through free and fair elections,” added the statement.

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