Yusuf Hajji Appointed Acting Internal Minister

Written By Michael Maunda on Monday, June 18, 2012 | 12:12 PM

The president has appointed defense minister Yusuf Hajji to the position of acting minister of internal security following the death of the former minister professor George Saitoti. Read: Saitoti and Ojode Feared Dead in Ngong Forest Plane Crash

Yusuf Hajji Political History | Biography
Haji was born to an Ogaden Darod family, the same Somali clan as the former Defence Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Abdi Gandhi.

A member of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) political party, Haji was elected to represent the Ijara Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya at the 2007 parliamentary elections.

He also served as an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President from 1998-2001 and as the Minister of State (Cabinet Affairs) Office of the President in the year 2002. On 8 January 2008, Haji was appointed the Minister of State for Defence after the 27th December 2007 general elections.

On 18 October, 2011, Haji and a Kenyan delegation met with Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) officials in Mogadishu to discuss security issues cooperation against the Islamist Al-Shabaab group as part of the ongoing coordinated Operation Linda Nchi. Haji and Somalia's Minister of Defence Hussein Arab Isse then signed an agreement to collaborate against the insurgent group