President Uhuru Kenyatta his deputy William Ruto, former President Mwai KIbaki and National Super Alliance chief Raila Odinga, on Friday, April 14, mourned former Finance Minister David Mwiraria.
President Kenyatta remembered Mwiraria, who passed on on Thursday aged 79, after a long battle with the cancer of the bone, as a great man who devoted the prime years of his life to serving his country.
According to Uhuru, the former minister’s unwavering loyalty and service was exemplary and self-evident. “His outstanding service as a Cabinet minister and his sterling performance as an MP will remain a source of inspiration and motivation to many aspiring leaders,” the Head of State said.
Adding, “As we mourn and pay homage to this great man, let us also celebrate his life and achievements.” Uhuru further noted Mwiraria was generous, cheerful and friendly. That he was a person of enormous influence and many will miss his counsel and guidance.
Deputy President William Ruto said Mwiraria was an impeccable public servant and senior politician who dedicated himself to the service of the nation.
“I had the opportunity to serve with the late Mwiraria in Parliament and admired his attention to detail and mastery of his subject. He will be greatly missed. May God comfort his family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in peace,” a statement from the DP read.
Former President Mwai Kibaki in whose government Mwiraria served as cabinet minister (Finance, Environment) said he 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 people of diverse persuasions to a common cause. The late commanded respect across the board effortlessly,” Kibaki said through a statement sent to media houses.
The former Head of State observed Mwiraria’s leadership toolkit was greatly endowed and so was his brilliance, and more so his grasp of economics. “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.” Kibaki said.
Raila on the other hand remembered the late as an honest and diligent public servant who had the interests of the whole nation at heart. “I will remember fondly the work we did together of reforming critical institutions like the Kenya Revenue Authority, public procurement and infrastructure financing and delivery when the National Rainbow Coalition took power in 2002,” Raila said.
He said Mwiraria was diligent and committed and was key in the delivery of Narc’s promises on key sectors of the economy.