Fearless champion of Kenyan Muslims.
Ahmad Khalif who was Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and also the minister of labour and manpower in the Kenyan government always stood up for the rights of Muslims in Kenya who formed a third of the population of 32 million. In 1984, the government forces killed thousands of Muslims in the north-eastern province on the pretext of fighting Somali insurgents. Khalif bravely and single-handedly stood against the central government in Nairobi and brought the massacre of the Somali Muslims to international attention.
Ahmad Khalif started his career in Journalism and also studied at the University of Wagenigen, Netherlands. He worked with the Kenyan ministry of information, later BBC Monitoring Service and then entered politics. He was instrumental in setting up the first Muslim media organisation in Kenya, the Iqra Broadcasting Network, which runs a 24-hour Islamic radio channel.
Ahmad Khalif who was a soft-spoken, studious and resolute Muslim died in an air crash in Western Kenya. He focussed on issues concerning Muslims and Islam often at the risk of his ministerial career.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan