Haiti Gang Leader Speaks on Defeating Kenyan Police Officers Ahead of Deployment

Haiti gang leader Jimmy Chérizier alias Barbecue exuded confidence in defeating the Kenyan police force who are set to begin their peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation soon.

Speaking during an interview with United States-based National Public Radio (NPR) on May 13, the notorious gangster warned the Kenyan police to expect fierce resistance once the multinational mission begins.

According to Barbecue, the battle is set to be a long one and eventually, the international forces will get tired of fighting the gangs and will leave without restoring peace.

When asked about surviving the expected high-voltage battles with the police forces, the gang leader claimed his life was dependent on God and his ancestors.

Haiti gang leader Jimmy Cherizier alias Barbecue addressing the press


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“If the Haitian revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines worried about his life, Haiti wouldn’t be free today,” Barbecue commented.

The gang leader further accused the United States government of instigating the battles in Haiti, claiming Haiti would still not be free even if he died in the forthcoming battles.

When asked whether the presidential transitional council would restore peace in Haiti, Barbecue claimed the council would not succeed in its mission.

According to him, the establishment of the transitional council was not the will of the people but instead, a recommendation that was influenced by foreign powers.

“The transitional council is not the will of the Haitian people. This is what Washington wants and this is what they have imposed,” the gang leader claimed.

Barbecue further argued that the gangs were fighting the rich whom he claimed played a major role in Haiti’s current situation.

The gang leader’s comments come days after the US military began setting up a camp to host the Kenyan police force ahead of its deployment.

Sources privy to the mission indicated that the deployment could happen before the end of May, coinciding with President William Ruto’s State visit to the US.

Besides Kenya, there are six other nations which have also pledged to support the mission by contributing their forces to help curb the violence in Haiti.

Among the nations involved in the mission include Jamaica, Chile, Grenada, Paraguay, Burundi, Chad, Nigeria and Mauritius.

The gangs are accused of orchestrating killings and sexual assault. According to a United Nations report, 4,451 killings took place last year and 1,554 this year by March.

A photo collage of Haiti Gang patrolling Port-au-Prince and President William Ruto greeting Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry at State House, Nairobi on February 29, 2024.



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