On Tuesday April 6, the Independent Election and Boundary Commission declared Abdulkadir Haji, popularly known as Abdul, senator for Garissa County.
The IEBC made the statement after he became the sole candidate in the scheduled by-elections and was therefore elected without opposition.
Abdul succeeds his father Yusuf Haji who succumbed to a long illness at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi. He is the younger brother of Kenya Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
Senator Garissa Yusuf Haji (left) and her son DPP Noordin Haji (right)
The new Senator, a renowned businessman, is best known for his heroic role in the Westgate terrorist attacks in 2013.
His courageous act won him favor with elders in the North East region who argued that Abdul was the most ideal candidate to succeed his father after the vacancy of the seat.
A section of politicians congratulated the senator on his new post.
“Congratulations to the Honorable Abdul Kadir Mohamed Haji for the declaration of non-participation in the by-election of the Senate of Garissa scheduled for May 18, 2021 by the IEBC. We have confidence in you that you will deliver to the people of Garissa in as a senator, “Former National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said.
“Congratulations to Senator-elect Garissa, the Honorable Abdulkadir Mohamed Haji for being elected without opposition. I express my sincere desire to support him as he begins to fulfill his mandate to represent Garissa in the Senate and protect the interests of the counties. as provided for in Art. 96 CoK, “said Garissa Governor Ali Korane
Haji becomes the third politician to be elected without opposition in a by-election. Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria won the seat unopposed after his main opponent, Kiarie Kamere of the NDP Party, quit the 2014 byelection race.
The leader of the Amani National Congress (ANC), Musalia Mudavadi, also succeeded his father Moses Mudavadi as deputy for Sabatia in 1989.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi in a virtual meeting with 19 EU ambassadors on June 10, 2020