Mohamed Yusuf Haji

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Mohamed Yusuf Haji
Maxamed Yuusuf Xaaji
Member of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
28 March 2013
Constituency Garissa County
Minister of State for Defence
In office
8 January 2008 – 26 April 2013
President Mwai Kibaki
Preceded by Njenga Karume
Succeeded by Raychelle Omamo
Member of the National Assembly of Kenya
In office
2003 – March 2013
Preceded by Mohammed Weyrah
Succeeded by Ibrahim Abass Ibrahim
Constituency Ijara
Personal details
Born (1940-12-23) 23 December 1940 (age 76)
Garissa District, British Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Political party KANU
Alma mater University of Birmingham (Dip)
Ethnicity Somali
Religion Islam

Mohamed Yusuf Haji (Somali: Maxamed Yuusuf Xaaji) (born 23 December 1940) is a Kenyan politician. He was the Minister of Defence of Kenya from 2008 to 2013, and briefly served as its acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs in 2012. He has served in the Senate of Kenya since 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Haji was born in 1940 in Garissa District in the North Eastern Province (Northern Frontier District) to an ethnic Somali family.[1] He hails from the Abdalla subclan of the Ogaden Darod.[2]

For his post-secondary education, Haji earned a diploma from the University of Birmingham, where he majored in Management and Finance Control.[1]

Haji is Muslim and is married.[1]

Political career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Haji began his professional career in administration and management. He joined the Provincial Administration of Kenya as a District Officer, and went on to serve as Provincial Commissioner between 1970 and 1997.[1]

In 1998, Haji was nominated as a member of the Kenyan Parliament. He was later elected an official Member of Parliament on a Kenya African National Union (KANU) ticket.[1]

From 1998 to 2001, Haji worked as an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President. He subsequently acted as the Office's Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs in 2002.[1]

On a KANU ticket, Haji was elected to represent the Ijara Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya at the 2007 parliamentary elections.[3]

Minister of Defence[edit]

On 8 January 2008, Haji was appointed Kenya's Minister of State for Defence after the 27 December 2007 general elections.[1]

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 coordinated Operation Linda Nchi.[4] Haji and Somalia's Minister of Defence Hussein Arab Isse then signed an agreement to collaborate against the insurgent group.[5]

In early June 2012, Haji signed another agreement officially re-hatting Kenya's deployed military forces in Somalia under the AMISOM general command.[6]

Haji's term as Minister of Defence ended on 26 April 2013.[7]

Minister of Internal Security[edit]

On 18 June 2012, Haji was appointed Kenya's acting Minister of Internal Security and Provincial Affairs after the incumbent minister George Saitoti died in a helicopter crash a few days earlier. Haji had previously worked closely with Saitoti on the Linda Nchi military operation. Haji held the new position concurrently with the Minister of Defence docket until a permanent Internal Minister was appointed on 21 September 2012.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "HON. MOHAMED YUSUF HAJI, E.G.H., M.P., THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE". Ministry of Defence of Kenya. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ The Weekly Review. Stellascope Limited. 1997. p. 200. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed 19 June 2008.
  4. ^ "SomaliaReport: Kenya and Somalia Agree to Fight Al-Shabaab". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "PM – Somali President speaks out against Kenyan invasion 25/10/2011". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kenya: Defense Minister appointed as acting Internal Security Minister". Garowe Online. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Ombati, Cyrus (26 April 2013). "Woman Takes Over Powerful Defence Docket". Standard Digital. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Newly appointed ministers, assistant sworn-in". Daily Nation. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 

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