Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji is dead.
A family member confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke that the Senator died while receiving treatment at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi at around 5 a.m.
The lawmaker fell ill in September 2020 and underwent surgery at the same institution that lasted four hours.
He served as the chair of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Taskforce after being appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He is the father of eight children including Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Abdul Haji, a businessman.
At the time of his passing, the lawmaker was aged 80 years.
He had been flown to Turkey for treatment but was recently returned into the country and admitted at Aga Khan in Nairobi.
Yusuf joined the public service through the Provincial Administration in 1960 as a District Officer and rose through the ranks to serve as Provincial Commissioner between 1970 and 1997.
In 1998, he received his first nomination to serve in the National Assembly and was elected later via the Kenya African National Union (KANU).
He also served in various capacities including as an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President.
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