Garissa Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji, who most recently chaired BBI Taskforce is dead.
Yusuf Haji died at the Aga Khan Hospital where he was undergoing treatment, according to the family.
Mzee Hon Mohamed Yusuf Haji will be buried at Lang’ata Muslim cemetery at 4pm, family says.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort to the family, acquaintances and residents of Garissa County following the death of their Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji.
In his message of condolence, the President eulogised the veteran politician.
“Mzee Haji was a highly respected leader”
“Mzee Haji was a steward of the BBI process and a strong pillar of our desire to construct a cohesive, peaceful and more progressive Kenyan nation. His stewardship of the initiative shall be missed,” the President eulogised.
Haji is a long serving administrator who served in the past governments in different capacities. He joined the Provincial Administration of Kenya as a District Officer in 1960, and went on to serve as Provincial Commissioner between 1970 and 1997.
Haji was on 8th January 2008, appointed Kenya’s Minister of State for Defence after the 27 December 2007 general elections and served till 2013.
Haji was appointed Kenya’s acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs in June 2012, after the death of the incumbent Prof George Saitoti. Haji had previously worked closely with Saitoti on the Linda Nchi military operation. Haji held the new position concurrently with the Minister of Defence docket until a permanent Internal Minister was appointed on 21 September 2012.
Haji is married and have nine children (one deceased). One of Haji’s son, Noordin Yusuf Haji is the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Quite sad this morning to hear of the passing of Yusuf Haji. We have lost a remarkable leader & GOOD man. My pole to his family. We worked closely together for years & once had stones thrown at the two of us as we made our way to Jamia Mosque to quell a riot. Rest In Peace Mzee. pic.twitter.com/FR4WnV1BhB
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) February 15, 2021
Sad. He didn’t live to see his BBI brainchild fail or succeed. We are sorry for his family and beloved ones
— Moses Omolo (@omolomoses1) February 15, 2021