Kenya is set to receive Sh8.7 billion from the Canadian government to support the deployment of Kenyan officers to Haiti.

The funding, announced on Thursday aims to bolster the peacekeeping mission and curb the gang-based violence that has plagued the territory.

Canada's Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, "Canada's support will contribute to pave the way to more meaningful interventions to protect the people of Haiti and encourage Haitian-led efforts to restore peace and prosperity in the country."

This contribution is part of a larger Sh13.3 billion package offered by Canada to aid Haiti in its peace initiative efforts.

The additional funds include Sh543 million for an anti-corruption program and Sh488 million to improve security at the border.

Joly emphasized Canada's commitment to supporting Kenya and other international partners in restoring peace to the region.

Haiti was plunged into turmoil following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021.

The situation worsened with the collapse of essential services, leaving 5.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations.

Last year, the United States also pledged Sh14 billion to support the Kenyan police mission, lauding the initiative by President Ruto's government.

However, the deployment has faced legal challenges, with a High Court ruling blocking it due to a lack of authorization from the National Security Council and National Police Service.

Despite this, President Ruto has vowed to continue the mission.

Haiti's government recently announced that an official agreement with Kenya is being finalized to pave the way for the deployment and set a clear timeline for the arrival of Kenyan police officers.

This financial aid from Canada provides a significant boost to Kenya's efforts to contribute to peace and stability in Haiti, while also raising questions about the ongoing legal hurdles and the specific details of the deployment agreement.