It was the most beautiful dorm in the compound of the National School known as Kipo in KERICHO in the 90’s. At one time my wife Rebecca Amunga who was my staff mate at the school was for many years the dorm mistress.
The current crop of students at Kipsigis may not even know why their dorm is named after the Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji who died this morning and was buried at Langata.In the 90s there were 8 provinces in Kenya headed by a powerful provincial commissioner who only answered to the then PRESIDENT Daniel Arap Moi. The Rift Valley Commisioner was the powerful and now fallen YUSUF HAJI.
Moi loved Kipsigis girls. I wrote drama scripts while at the school, before I transferred to Chemo and KD. After winning, PC YUSUF HAJI would vet the plays and poems before allowing us to go to perform for the president at Nakuru state lodge or Kabarak. Yusuf Haji became a common visitor at the school. It was around then that the dorm was build and named after him.
MOI loved my drama club. We performed in Kabarak several times with the girls. I recall one day Moi telling YUSUF HAJI to promote me after a drama show in Kabarak attended by the then principal Esther Tanui. He promoted us on the spot.
The respected elder, HAJI died at Aga Khan Hospital while receiving treatment and other medical responses. The senator, who most currently chaired the BBI Taskforce, has been sick for sometime and he has succumbed to ailment.
He was aged 80 years and had dedicated his life to service of Kenyans and throughout his life he has really demonstrated what being a patriot entails. He has risen in ranks right from provincial administration and now a people leader who owned his responsibility until his dead being the chairman of BBI.
Shalom to His family, the people of Garissa and Kenya at large. A true Patriarch has rested. I honour this man for he ever stood out as a true Father and a leader in this nation. I dont think there is anyone else who served us thus much. God gave you the years and we are grateful for your efforts. I wish the young could emulate you.
May the Lord give the family and the People of Garrisa strength to withstand such a big lose. You have been a great leader who strived to leave a united nation. You fought a good fight and you have finished the race. May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace. RIP Yusuf!