Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji told his family before he died to donate his six-month salaries to orphanages and use part of it as bursaries.
It was one of his dying wishes. His family said they will honour it. This was revealed on Friday by his son, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin, during a thanksgiving ceremony at a local hotel in Garissa, where residents were urged to pray for Haji’s departed soul.
“Going forward, we intend to donate our late father’s six-month salary that he earned while dispossessed to orphanages, as well as bursaries to students in the subcounties of Garissa. The money will be handed over to the Kenya Red Cross, which will reach out to the needy,”Noordin said.
Noordin, his brother Abdul and the rest of the family thanked residents for electing their father twice as senator. Most residents did not attend his father’s burial in Nairobi because of time constraints.
Noordin could not hold back his tears as he narrated how his late father battled illness before eventually succumbing on Monday. The legislator was buried the same day in line with Muslim traditions.
Noordin said the meeting was also meant to thank residents for standing by the family during their trying moments. He thanked them for their over-pouring messages of condolence.
Also present during the brief ceremony were Finance CS Ukur Yatani, county commissioner Meru Mwangi, governors Ali Korane (Garissa) and Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo), MPs Sophia Abdinoor (Ijara) and Mohamed Omar (Wajir South), Isiolo Senator Fatumo Dulo, Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane, former IGAD executive secretary Mahboob Maalim, and former Governor Nathif Jama.
Noordin on several occasions broke down and had to cut short his speech. He said his father regretted as his condition worsened that he could not serve his people.
“As a family, we have lost not only a father but also a pillar that glued us together,” the DPP said.
He said when his father realised he could not make it, he made some wishes to the family. His father had also promised to build a rehabilitation centre at Garissa’s Jamia Mosque.
“As a family, we will also try to complete all the projects that our late father had started. We will walk this journey together, that I can promise,” the DPP said.