Kenya interior CS Gen Nkaissery dies in hospital after a short illness

Kenya’s interior minister has died in hospital, the government said on Saturday, a month before the country is due to hold national elections.

“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.

No further details were released.

Kenyans will choose their next president, legislators and local representatives on Aug. 8.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is running against his long-time rival, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“This death comes at a critical time in Kenya’s history as we approach a general election,” Kenyatta said. “There shall be no vacuum in securing our country.”

Kenya holds presidential and other elections on Aug. 8. Voting in Kenya is a fractious time for investors because a dispute over the outcome of balloting in 2007 triggered two months of violence that left at least 1,100 people dead.

Agencies

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