David Mwiraria

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Mwiraria taken during the IMF Spring Meeting 2004

David (Daudi) Mwiraria (3 September 1938 – 13 April 2017) was a Kenyan politiian. He served as the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources and Finance Minister of Kenya until December 2007 when Kenya held its General Elections. He ran for re election on a Party of National Unity ticket. He was defeated by Silas Muriuki, who was running on a Mazingira Green Party of Kenya ticket.[1][2]

President Mwai Kibaki appointed him Minister for Environment on 24 July 2007. He got his master's degree in Statistics from the Makerere University, Uganda 1966 (then part of the University of East Africa). Mwiraria features prominently in audio recordings released on the internet in 2006 by John Githongo, exiled former Permanent Secretary in the Kenya Government, which indicate Mwiraria was trying to stop Githongo's inquiries into the theft of over 777 million US Dollars in a series of 18 security related contracts, colloquially called Anglo Leasing.

Mwiraria died of bone cancer and from acute respiratory failure on 13 April 2017 Nairobi, Kenya on 13 April 2017, aged 78.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kenyan Finance Minister Resigns Following Corruption Allegations". VOA News. Voice of America. February 1, 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  2. "Kenyan 'graft' minister resigns", BBC News, 1 February 2006.
  3. Ndonga, Simon (2017-04-13). "Ex-Finance Minister Mwiraria dies after battle with cancer » Capital News". Capitalfm.co.ke. Retrieved 2017-04-13.