Kenyans on Twitter(KOT) has filled the timelines with their condolences to the surviving family of Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.
Apart from KOT, President Uhuru Kenyatta on led Kenyans in mourning Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji who passed on Sunday night.
The President eulogised the veteran politician, who until his death was the co-chair of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Taskforce, as a dependable Kenyan leader and patriot.
“It is very unfortunate that we have lost such a dependable, solid and highly accomplished Kenyan leader. Mzee Haji was a highly respected leader and elder whose wisdom, deep knowledge of the Kenyan society and long experience as a public administrator enabled him to serve the country in various leadership roles with distinction for many years,” the President said.
The President said the death of Senator Haji was a big blow to the country especially the BBI.
“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.
Deputy President William Ruto remembered the fallen senator as “selfless, progressive, dependable and a committed champion for a more united and inclusive Kenya.”
He was selfless, progressive, dependable and a committed champion for a more united and inclusive Kenya. We will fondly remember Honourable Haji as a leader who robustly upheld and reinforced the reputation and integrity of public service.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) February 15, 2021
ODM leader Raila Odinga said the country has lost a dedicated patriot and a humble servant.
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. pic.twitter.com/X28Uc6QFym
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) February 15, 2021
Here is how other Kenyans (KOT) mourned Senator Yusuf Haji, the father to DPP Noordin Haji.
Yusuf Haji is a professional land grabber,he was accused of stealing/selling squatters land when he was Coast PC.He also appeared in TJRC report for participating in tribal clashes in Njoro/Ol Moran in 1980s. I thought we normalized calling out criminals even if dead
— KIMANZI DON (@Kimanzi_Don) February 15, 2021
Yusuf Haji appeared in the Ndung'u Land Report accused of illegal acquisition of 6 acres of Malindi State House land. He was in the Akiwumi Report for possible crimes against the Maasai in 1989 & the TJRC Report for inaction leading to tribal clashes in Njoro & Ol Moran in 1998.
— Nahashon Kimemia (@nahashon87) February 15, 2021
In 1998 in uasin gishu,Yusuf Haji car breaks and he flags down one Peter Makau who was driving a company car to work,asks for a lift,Makau refuses and Haji being Haji gets him arrested,Charged for disrespect and locked for three months,Thats the only thing I shall rem him for pic.twitter.com/qVvcrbHCGR
— Heisenberg (@DrJuma_M) February 15, 2021
Kenya and Somalia currently have a bad diplomatic ties thanks to a never ending war in Somalia.
Mohamed Yusuf Haji, the Kenyan ethnic Somali ex-Defense Minister who send troops to Somalia to battle al-Shabaab has died at the age of 80. pic.twitter.com/TaV3i65tOZ
— Odeo Sirari (@OdeoSirari) February 15, 2021
— Hottest Host🔥🔥 (@_County254) February 15, 2021
The Janaza of Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji will take place this afternoon at 4pm at Jamia Mosque Nairobi and will be buried at Langata Muslims Cemetry. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.