Kenya’s interior minister has died in hospital, the government said on Saturday, a month prior to the nation is because of hold national elections.
“It is with deep sorrow and shock that we declare 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 an announcement.
“Gen. Nkaissery passed on at Karen Hospital in Nairobi a couple of hours after being admitted for a check-up,” he said.
No further details were released.
Kenyans will pick 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.
A few natives are concerned there may be a repeat of violence that followed a disputed 2007 poll, when more than 1,200 individuals were killed in ethnic conflicts and political demonstrations.
However, 2013 polls passed relatively peacefully after Odinga challenged the results in court.
Nkaissery’s death is probably not going to affect arrangements for the elections.