Former Finance minister David Mwiraria is dead, aged 78.
He died at Karen Hospital in Nairobi on Thursday, April 13 while undergoing treatment after a long battle with cancer, his family has confirmed.
David Mwiraria had a long and distinguished career in the civil service, serving in various senior positions.
He was most famous for serving as the 10th Finance Minister of Kenya from January 2003 to February 2006 during President Mwai Kibaki’s regime. He resigned from the position following allegations that he had been involved in the Anglo Leasing Scandal.
During the 2007 elections, he unsuccessfully ran under PNU for re-election as North Imenti Constituency MP but lost to Mazingira Green Party of Kenya’s Silas Muriuki.
Kibaki, however, appointed him Environment minister after winning re-election.
In December 2007, David Mwiraria and three others were banned from traveling to the United Kingdom. It was issued over the corruption allegations leveled towards him.
In relation to the Anglo Leasing Scandal, the former Finance Minister was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and to defraud the government of KSh 4.08 billion. He was also accused of engaging in a project without prior planning and allowing the irregular financing of E-Cops, a project intended to upgrade police and other security systems worth KSh 6.08 billion.
He, however, failed to ever appear in court due to his ailment and in 2015, took a not guilty plea from his hospital bed at Karen Hospital in Nairobi.
Mwiraria through his lawyers Paul Muite and Ebbas Esmail, told High Court Judge Grace Macharia that doctors appointed by the DPP Keriako Tobiko to establish Mwiraria sustainability to face a criminal case found that he was not fit.
They said their client could not recall some events and the law prohibits such a person from being recommended for prosecution.