By Samuel Ouma
President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined fellow world leaders in mourning Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on Friday.
Shinzo Abe died after being shot at a political campaign meeting. Media reports from Japan indicate that the deceased died at a hospital in Kashihara city, Nara, where he was receiving medical treatment.
President Kenyatta expressed shock at the former Japanese leader’s sudden demise and termed him as a dear friend and development ally of the Kenyan nation.
“It is utterly shocking and somewhat unbelievable to learn of the death of my friend and one of Kenya’s foremost development ally, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a savage shooting incident,” President Kenyatta mourned.
Former Prime Minister Abe, who retired in 2020, visited Nairobi in 2016 during the 6th TICAD conference, during which he held bilateral talks with President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
He died at age 67.