Police officers patrol a Port-au-Prince street on March 7, 2023. The multinational armed force would help the under-resourced, overwhelmed Haitian National Police (PNH) if approved. Photo of Marvens Compère for the Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Kenya says it is ready to lead the deployment of a multinational armed force in Haiti and will include 1,000 of its own police officers in the fight to help the Haitian National Police (PNH) restore law and order by fighting off the 200 or so gangs whose rampant violence has been terrorizing Haitians in recent years.

Kenya’s proposed deployment once a United Nations Security Council approves such a mandate, said Alfred Ñganga Mutua, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, in a statement Saturday.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.