President Uhuru Kenyatta, former president Mwai Kibaki and Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka have sent condolence messages to the family and friends of former minister David Mwiraria, following his death on Thursday.
The President described Mwiraria as a friendly, cheerful and loyal person, who devoted the prime of his life to serving the country.
“His outstanding service as a cabinet minister and his sterling performance as a Member of Parliament will remain a source of inspiration and motivation to many aspiring leaders,” the President said.
Mr Kibaki, in whose cabinet Mwiraria served as Finance minister, said the country had lost an illustrious and dedicated civil servant.
“Mwiraria was a friend, confidant, co-worker and a trusted ally,” the former president said.
“His diligence, humility and forthrightness were…rare, even epic. So was his ability to rally persons of diverse persuasions to a common cause.”
Mr Musyoka, who was Mr Kibaki’s deputy in the coalition government, said he was shocked and saddened by Mwiraria’s death, describing him as a brilliant statistician and mathematician.
“Hon Mwiraria was an epitome of humility. Even when faced with adversity, he was never confrontational, preferring instead to handle matters with unparalleled diplomacy and calmness,” Mr Musyoka said.
The former minister died at the Karen Hospital, Nairobi, where he had been receiving treatment for stage four cancer.