• The CS who was responding to questions from Senators at the plenary said the mission does not fall under his ministry.
• He said the question on the matter, which was raised by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale should be referred to the Interior CS Kithure Kindiki.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale on Wednesday declined to respond to a question related to the Haiti mission by Kenyan police.
The CS who was responding to questions from senators at the plenary said the mission does not fall under his ministry.
He said the question on the matter, which was raised by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale should be referred to the Interior CS Kithure Kindiki.
He noted that the Senate has the authority to invite the Interior CS anytime to shed more light on the same.
"Madam Speaker, the last question... I want to refer the question to the Minister of Interior. Take time and invite Prof Kindiki to give him the statistics. That is not my domain. I’m sure the house has powers to invite him even this afternoon," Duale said.
Senator Khalwale's question had raised concerns about what Kenya stands to gain from sending its troops to the Caribbean country to fight gangs.
He noted the cost Kenya will incur in transporting the expected 1,000 officers who will be sent to the country on the peace mission.
"Haiti is 12,119 kilometres away. It takes 13 hours of flying to reach Haiti and the cheapest flight is Sh220,700. You have justified our presence in regional missions by attributing it to the need for us to be part of securing peace and stability in our region," Khalwale said.
"Could you tell us what are the benefits and what are the intended consequences the government hopes to achieve by taking our troops to Haiti?"
The Star, however, could not independently verify if the amount stated by Senator Khalwale is what it actually costs to travel to Haiti.
Kenya will send at least 1,000 police to Haiti following approval of the same by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The 15-member Council voted to authorize the mission that would guard critical infrastructure such as airports, ports, schools, hospitals and key traffic intersections.
They will also carry out “targeted operations” along with the Haitian National Police.