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Qualification Requirements for Kenyan Troops Being Sent to Haiti as Selection Commences

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The selection process for officers to be deployed on the Haiti peace mission has commenced within the General Service Unit (GSU).

A circular dated October 7 has been issued, requesting platoons to urgently submit names of suitable officers for the assignment.

“The unit is in the process of selection exercise of suitable officers for a special assignment,” the circular dated October 7 reads in part.

Each platoon is expected to nominate two police constables and a corporal.

The nominated officers must be between 20-55 years old, with a minimum of five years of service and no more than two convictions, the last one not less than six months ago.

Proficiency in English, safe firearm handling, and proven shooting skills are prerequisites.

Additionally, officers must be mentally, physically, and medically fit, demonstrating clear command and control abilities.

The unit will also nominate 35 drivers and eight mechanics under the specialist category.

Other specialists needed for the mission include signalers, chaplains, counselors, and drone operators.

To qualify for this category, individuals must be aged between 20-40 years and have served for at least two years.

The selected officers will undergo joint training at a camp before the planned deployment in January.

This selection comes after the United Nations Security Council authorized a multinational security support (MSS) to Haiti.

Kenya plans to send over 1,000 officers for a year-long mission, with a review scheduled after nine months.

The US government has pledged Sh29 billion for the mission, half of which comes from the US Defence Department in the form of intelligence, airlifts, communications, and medical assistance.

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