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Abdul Haji answers tough question on negotiated democracy, and whether it helped him

Before his elevation to the Senate as the Senator for Garissa County to replace his father Yusuf Haji, who died more than a month ago, Abdul Haji was most famous for his brave antics at the West Gate, which was then under siege by Alshabaab terrorists.

Although he went in with an intention of saving his brother Noordin Haji, who is now the DPP, he ended up saving many more others who had been trapped in the mall that was under fire, and blockaded from all sides both by friendly and hostile forces.

Since being announced by IEBC as the Garissa County senator after receiving no challenge from any contestant, the new politician has spoken on the issue of negotiated democracy and whether it is a good thing or not.

Responding to a query on his views about negotiated democracy, and what he generally thought about, he answered within the context of his own situation, knowing well the impression created; that he got his seat, not through suffrage, but consensus.

Abdul said, while it is true that the concept of negotiated democracy did indeed take place in Garissa, it came from Garissa County people themselves, and this showed popular will. He continued, saying, had it come from an outside source, then it would have been problematic.

“From the time I accepted to contest, it did not even cross our minds as a family that we would go through this by-election unopposed,” he said.

On the question of joining the unscrupulous world of politics, and whether he feared it would corrupt his morals, which are so far considered to be spotless by many, he exuded optimism.

“But I hope that I will not give the impression that I am pursuing selfish interests. That is not my intention and I will pray to God that my personal interests and those of the public do not collide,” he said.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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