He was a trusted ally – Kibaki’s message to the late David Mwiraria

Former president Mwa Kibaki has eulogized Former Finance Minister David Mwiraria who died on Thursday.

Former President Mwai Kibaki

Former president Mwa Kibaki has eulogized Former Finance Minister David Mwiraria who died at the Karen Hospital on Thursday.

The deceased succumbed to bone marrow cancer while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

“The late Mwiraria was a friend, confidant, and co-worker. He was a trusted ally. His diligence humility and forthrightness were rare, even epic. And so was his ability to rally persons of diverse persuasions to a common cause. The late commanded respect across the board effortlessly.

"His leadership toolkit was greatly endowed as was his brilliance and particularly so, his grasp of economics, “part of Kibaki’s statement read.

“Kenya has lost an illustrious public servant whose focus was on delivering the best for the good of all. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the statement continues.

Mr Mwiraria served as the Finance minister in President Mwai Kibaki's administration from January 2003 but resigned in 2006 following allegations that he was involved in the Anglo Leasing scandal.

Later in 2007, President Kibaki appointed him as minister for Environment.

Mwiraria failed to appear in court several times over the Anglo Leasing scam. His lawyer would later reveal that he was suffering from a hip replacement caused by cancer.

The ex-minister was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and to defraud the government of Sh4.08 billion.

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