Nairobi News


‘Somali bae’ shows up to congratulate MP-elect Yusuf Hassan

August 12th, 2022 2 min read

A section of Kamukunji constituency residents broke into jubilation on Thursday night after their MP Yusuf Hassan won Tuesday’s election.

Yusuf, 69, defended his seat for the fourth time after garnering 34,264 votes against his close rival, UDA’s Hassan Robow Mohamed, who came in second with 22,644 votes.

“GRATITUDE. What a great pleasure and honor to serve the wonderful people of Kamukunji one more time,” Yusuf tweeted moments after he was handed his certificate.

Check out the tweet.

Yusuf was first elected to parliament in 2011 following a by-election and was vying on a Jubilee ticket under the Azimio La Umoja One-Kenya.

Among those who showed up to celebrate Yusuf’s win was one of his opponents Alinur Mohamed.

Alinur, seeking the same seat on an ODM ticket, was forced to step down for Yusuf as Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance zoned Nairobi to identify territories where parties under its umbrella will field candidates.

In his congratulatory post, Alinur mentioned that his dream to lead the people of Kamukunji was still valid.

“Congratulations Kamukunji Constituency MP elect Yusuf Hassan on your re-election. The people have spoken, now it’s time to work for them. By the grace of Allah, if I make it to 2027 alive I will take over from you unopposed,” Alinur wrote.

Alinur became famous after being mistaken for the ‘Somali guy’ dating media personality Betty Kyallo. He was later christened ‘Somali bae’ by netizens.

The city politician, however, denied being in a romantic relationship with Betty but mentioned there are good friends and her political mentor.

“Betty, she’s a good friend of mine. We talk often.

Na pia kila mtu anajua yeye alikuwa mwanahabari. But sahi amesema wacha tu nifanye kivyangu mambo yangu. (Everyone knows she was an media personality before she decided to venture out on her own).

So, yes, she wants kuwania kiti cha women rep I think, hapa Nairobi. We will welcome her… I’m not in a relationship with Betty. I’m a family man. I’m a father of two. So, I’m happy,” he said during a post-interview.​