Former MP Gideon Mwiti Is Dead

  • Former Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti in court in 2015
    Former Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti in court in 2015
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  • Former Central Imenti Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti is dead. 

    The former legislator who lost in the 2017 General Election died on Sunday morning, July 25 after a short illness.

    A source who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke stated that Mwiti was of good health on Saturday but he fell sick at midnight and he had to be rushed to the hospital. He had been battling diabetes.

    Undated image of Former Central Imenti Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti
    Undated image of Former Central Imenti Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti
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    Mwiti won the Imenti Central Parliamentary seat during the 2013 general election through the Alliance Party of Kenya but lost to current MP Moses Kirima who vied on a Jubilee Party ticket in 2017.

    In 2017, Mwiti announced he was retiring from active politics to venture into the corporate world. He clarified that he would still interact with residents and people across Kenya and the whole world through corporate ventures.

    Mwiti made the announcement as he congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta and his successor Moses Kirima on their election.

    He asked President Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to engage in dialogue for the sake of peace and unity.

    "I am highly satisfied with the results of the August 8 election. For the avoidance of doubt, I will not seek to be elected again as MP for Imenti Central," Mwiti stated.

    "Raila should not be underrated because if Uhuru has 10 supporters, Raila's are nine. Let their dialogue, not for nusu mkate, but so Raila can get a state job," he added.

    Financial woes hit the ex-MP as he was set to lose his multi-million estate after the High Court ruled that it be placed under receivership after the legislator accrued a Ksh6.1 million debt.

    A report by the Standard on Tuesday, May 27, 2020, detailed that former Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti is also staring at the possibility of being declared bankrupt after a local bank was tasked with administering the estate. 

    He was required to forward a list of his estate - the economic valuation of all his investments, assets, liabilities and interests - to the bank and a receiver-manager would then be delegated to manage it. The manager may run the institution or sell it to repay the debtors.

    Mwiti managed the Akiba Micro-Finance that collapsed when the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) directed its closure after it was suspected to be operating a pyramid scheme.

    The firm collapsed with savings of 6,000 members in 2005. In the same year, he was sued by a local bank over a loan he took to finance the business.  

    He was directed to pay the debts in 2008 and was served with a petition in 2015. He, however, skipped court sessions.

    "In the same vein, the petition having been heard unopposed, the evidence produced remains unrebutted," High Court Judge Grace Nzioka ruled. 

    Former Central Imenti Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti
    Former Central Imenti Member of Parliament Gideon Mwiti
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