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Risch, McCaul Issue Statement on Lack of Security Forces in Kenya as Security Forces Arrive in Haiti

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement on the Kenyan security forces arriving in Haiti to quell rampant gang violence there as violent protests erupted in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

“Concern that Kenya would not have enough domestic security officers was one of the primary reasons we were opposed to the Biden Administration’s plan to send Kenyan police to Haiti,” the lawmakers wrote. “This week those fears were realized – on the same day 400 Kenyan police officers arrived in Haiti, the Kenyan Parliament was overrun by protestors. As a result, the Kenyan military was mobilized under suspect constitutional authority and used live ammunition to repel the protestors, killing more than 20 civilians. The administration must find a different solution to address Haiti’s insecurity.”