Garissa Senator and Chair of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Taskforce Yusuf Haji dies at the Aga Khan University hospital on Monday morning.The family has confirmed.
According to family members, the 80 year old Senator had been flown to Turkey for treatment but recently returned to the country and was admitted at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi-Kenya where he died Monday morning while undergoing treatment.
Haji was a long time administrator who served in various areas including the vast Rift Valley between 1970 and 1998. He was nominated to Parliament in 2002. And in 2007, he was elected to Parliament unopposed as Ijara MP.2008 to 2013 he served as a Minister of Defence and briefly served as the acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs in 2012.
It was during his tenure when the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops were deployed to Somalia to fight Al Shabaab.
Since 2013 until his death, Yusuf served in the Senate as a Senator and also as the Chairman of the Senate Security and Foreign Relations Committee.
Haji has left eight children including Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Abdul Haji, a businessman.
The late Senator will be interred today on Monday 4pm at Langata Muslim cemetry.