Profile: Yusuf Hassan Abdi, MP for Kamukunji Constituency

Born in Nairobi County, Yusuf Hassan Abdi is a Kenyan politician, diplomat, social activist and former journalist.

He is a member of parliament (MP) for Kamukunji constituency in Nairobi County and member of the ruling Jubilee Alliance.

Abdi is a former director of IRIN, a news agency that focuses on humanitarian stories.

A graduate of Tufts University in Medford in the US and University of London, he joined the Kenya parliament as a legislator in 2011 after working many years with the United Nations.

Between 1979 and 1984, Abdi served as a producer for the BBC External Service in London.

He has also worked with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), then known as Voice of Kenya, and Voice of America’s Africa Division.

In 2012, Abdi was wounded in a grenade attack in Eastleigh, while speaking to constituents after Isha prayers at a local mosque. He underwent extensive reconstructive surgery on his lower legs at a South African hospital.

In that year, Somali news website Hiiraan Online named him its “Person of the Year” for his strong relationship with Eastleigh’s business community.

His focus in Kamukunji constituency has been the development of infrastructure for which has been widely praised.

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