Kenya’s Interior Minister has died in hospital, the government said on Saturday.
General Joseph Nkaissery’s death comes a month before the country is to hold national polls.
“It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce the sudden passing on of Interior CS Retired General Joseph Nkaissery,” Joseph Kinyua, the Chief of Staff and head of the public service, said in a statement.
“Gen. Nkaissery passed on at Karen Hospital in Nairobi a few hours after being admitted for a check-up,” he said. The Interior Minister was 67.
Kenyans will choose their next President, legislators and local representatives on August 8. President Uhuru Kenyatta is running against his long-time rival, opposition leader RailaOdinga.
Reuters has reported that, some citizens are worried there might be a repeat of violence that followed a disputed 2007 poll, when more than 1,200 people were killed in ethnic clashes and political demonstrations.
But 2013 polls passed relatively peacefully after Mr. Odinga challenged the results in court.