Meru leaders have condoled with the family of former Finance Minister David Mwiraria who died Thursday morning at Karen Hospital in Nairobi after a battle with cancer.
David Mwiraria served as North Imenti from for 15 years (1992 to 2007).
Under the Kibaki government, Mr Mwiraria was appointed Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2006. He later served as Environment and Natural Resources minister, a position he held from July 2007 to December 2007.
Before joining politics, Mr Mwiraria was a permanent secretary in various ministries from 1977 to 1987.
While giving his condolences to the family, North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood said the late Mwiraria’s counsel would be missed by many.
“The deceased was my godfather in politics. We have lost a very good man in North Imenti. I have been meeting him many times for his counsel. I pray that the family will have peace at this trying moment,” Mr Dawood said.
Mr Mwiraria will also be remembered as the first East African to acquire a Master degree in Statistics.
He graduated with a Bachelor of mathematics from the University of East Africa in 1962 before joining Makerere University where he acquired a masters degree in statistics.
Former Imenti North MP Silas Muriuki said the passing of the former minister was a big loss to the country.
“I send my condolences to the family, Meru and Kenyan people. I will remember him for his academic credential being the first East African to attain a Master’s degree in Statistics while I was in Secondary school. He was a career civil servant in East Africa,” Mr Muriuki said.