Get to know Yakub Salah, MP behind presidential limit push.
Get to know Yakub Salah; Fafi member of parliament was brought up in Garissa.
He stated,” I was brought up in a similar family as Ruto. My dad has never worked. He is a peasant. He was a pastoralist. Not enough livestock. My mum died when I was four years.”
“She was seated in the sun for many hours. She had a disease and this disease is like your joints don’t function well. So, she became still. I remember she was carried like a log and she never came back. She died. That was the last time I saw her,” he narrated
He schooled at Jaribu Primary in Garissa town until 1987 when he completed Standard 8.
He joined Garissa High School where he passed and later joined Kenyatta University in 1994 to study environmental science.
He has both worked in the private and public sector. Some of the organizations include; Care Kenya, World Program, KVDA, and Kenya Museums of Kenya.
He narrated that he indeed came from grass to grace, that’s why he identifies so much with the head of state.
He said,”My father never owned property until I started working. We used to live in a rental house until 2004.”
In 2013, he championed Environment and Energy CEC in Garissa, served for three years.
In 2017, he joined politics eyeing Fafi MP seat but lost to Osman.
He narrated,”It was the first time a party secretary general and chairman were fined for issue of nomination. Nick Salat and his chairman were sentenced to six months in jail or Sh600,000 fine.I left for them the party. I contested as an independent candidate. I lost, but it was a very close contest.”
In 2022, general elections returned into the ballot again.
He said,”In 2022, I had become popular and the incumbent MP had not performed well so it was a bit easy for me. Most of the parties tried to come for me. Jubilee came for me. ODM tried the same.”
“But later on, my vision and thinking came to the side of the hustler nation which was led by William Ruto.”
When asked why he suggested a presidential limit push, Yakub said,” It is me. It is a notion. It’s an idea. It is the way I see the world. I am one man who believes in rewarding competence and performance. If you do well, then you continue being rewarded.”
He added that he has no problem being under leader, who serves well forever.
He said,”I don’t believe in the so-called dictatorship. I believe that if this person can rule me forever but serves me better, I don’t mind him being there.”
“I believe that this issue of term limit is of no importance to us. African leaders hardly come by. Assuming that we get one good leader, in one generation we get only one good leader, and we chase him because of term limit, then what are we doing?” he posed.
“If you look at the Kenyan constitution, there are a lot of good things. Think of the bill of rights, the best ever written.”
“But even today, Northern kids are not going to school yet education is one of the rights. There are no teachers in the northern region. What is the need for having a good document when the personnel to implement that document is not there?”
“I value the personnel more than the document,” he added.