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Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka blasts Mudavadi over Haiti ‘confusion’

Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka suggests Prime Cabinet Secretary (PCS) Musalia Mudavadi is struggling to assert himself in the Foreign Affairs docket and suggested that National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula is a better fit.

President William Ruto named Mudavadi Foreign Affairs CS in October 2023 adding to his docket as PCS. Besides, the President has been on the record publicly praising Mudavadi for the commendable work he has done since replacing Alfred Mutua as Foreign Affairs CS.

Onyonka, who’s previously served as assistant Foreign Affairs Minister, is, however, of a contrary opinion.

In an interview on a local TV station, Onyonka fingered Mudavadi for among other things failing to handle the move in which Kenyan policemen and women are headed to Haiti on a peacekeeping mission.

The decision has elicited mixed reactions from the public.

“Musalia (Mudavadi) is a good man. But even when the President is talking about Haiti the Minister of Interior is the one speaking and not Mudavadi because of its confusion,” said Onyonka.

“The Minister for Foreign Affairs should stand up and say we are going to Haiti because of this, our agenda is this, the President has said this. We are members of the United Nations, Kenya is going to Haiti under the auspicious of the United Nations,” argued Onyonka.

Onyonka suggests Mudavadi has not effectively handled the crisis surrounding the deployment of police officers to Haiti.

Kenya, backed by the United States, has announced plans to send a strong 1000-delegation of police officers to Haiti, which has been gripped by lawlessness after criminal gangs took over several places.

“He (Kindiki) is not going to police people in Haiti, the matter becomes an international matter, it is Musalia who is supposed to be declaring and talking about what we are going to do in Haiti,”

United Nations Security Council Resolution has delegated Kenya to lead a Multinational Security Support Mission (MSS), which will see Kenya and other nations deploy their officers to war.
President William Ruto has been warned against making the move, as most critics have warned that sending the troops is just sending them to a death trap.

Wetangula served as Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister between 2008 and 2013.

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