Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki says the Kenyan-led Haiti Mission is in the pre-deployment stage.

Speaking on Monday in Nairobi, the Interior CS revealed the signing of a reciprocal agreement between Kenya and Haiti on March 1 as required by the Court set the stage for the deployment.

The agreement was signed in Nairobi by security ministers from the two countries in the presence of President William Ruto and Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

“There was a small court matter which has been resolved. The court said we needed to have a reciprocal agreement with Haiti, that reciprocal agreement was signed more than a week ago,” he said.

He further revealed that all the other programs that are related to the deployment of the 1,000-strong Kenya police units to the gang-hit Caribbean nation are in place including the Status of Forces Agreement and the laws on detention, arrests, and other enforcement measures.

He added that the Standard Operation Procedures guiding how the Multinational Security Support mission will be handled have also been finalized.

Kindiki pointed out that Kenyan police officers will be part of a larger security force tasked with restoring order in Haiti.

“Kenya is a lead nation but there are so many countries that have pledged to contribute troops and this came from the mandate of the United Nations Security Council and is part of our international obligations,” he added.