Garissa Senator Yussuf Haji died at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi On Monday, February 15 at the age of 80. His death followed a long term illness that encompassed multiple organ failures.
Haji had been receiving treatment in Turkey since December. He was flown into Nairobi on Saturday and admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital where he passed away while receiving treatment.
Haji is to be buried on Monday, February 15 at Lang’ata Muslim Cemetery at 4pm after prayers at South C Mosque.
The Senator, most recently the Chair of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce, previously held roles in the cabinet and the provincial administration.
He joined the Provincial Administration in 1960, and subsequently served as Provincial Commissioner between 1970 and 1997.
Hajji also served as Minister of Defence between 2008 and 2013, in former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and political leaders expressed their grief and condolences to the late senator’s family and the residents of Garissa County.
In his message , the President eulogized the veteran politician as a dependable Kenyan leader and patriot stating his death was a big blow to the country, especially the BBI constitutional reform process where his leadership would be dearly missed.
The Head of State wished the family, friends and relatives of the departed leader God’s comfort as they come to terms with his demise.
In a similar regard, Deputy President William Ruto expressed; “The country has lost a devoted and indefatigable administrator who was cause-driven. Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji was a gifted politician, modest yet strategic schemer with ground-breaking mediation skills.”
Ruto further described him as a selfless, progressive, dependable and committed champion for a more united and inclusive Kenya. He asserted that Hajji would be fondly remembered as a leader who robustly upheld and reinforced the reputation and integrity of public service.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haji family, their loved ones and the people of Garissa County. Rest in peace, Honourable Haji,” concluded the Deputy President.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga described Haji as a dedicated patriot stating, “In the passing of Senator Yusuf Hajji, Kenya has lost a dedicated patriot and a humble servant. We can only thank him for the years of his life that he gave in service of our country, his last great public passion being the Building Bridges Initiative,”
“At this sad moment, we stand in prayers with his family that carries on with his passion for public service,” he added.