The family of the late Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji has said it will contribute an equivalent of his six-month salary towards the needy children in the county.
Speaking on Friday, February 19 during a prayer meeting in Garissa, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji and his brother Abdul Haji said that it was their father’s wish to contribute his salary to the needy children.
DPP Haji said the family will task former Kenya Red Cross boss Abbas Gullet to identify the needy students in the vast county, because he already has the muscle to do that, owing to his position in the society.
“Hiyo mshahara tutarudisha na tutagawanya kwa kila constituency Garissa ili iende kwa watoto wanaosoma waweze kujilipia. (We will return the six-month salary and it will be divided among the six Garissa County constituencies),” said an emotional DPP Haji.
The family revealed that before his death, Senator Haji was regretting that he was earning salary yet he was not working for the people of Garissa.
According to the late Haji, it was haraam that he was earning a salary “for work not done”.
Mzee Haji died on Monday, February 15 while undergoing treatment at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, at the age of 80.
Haji served for close to four decades in the provincial administration and 22 years in politics.
He was the chair of the Building Bridges Initiative Task force.