To Imenti constituents, the late Gideon Mwiti was extensively often known as ‘Livondo’, which means Mr Moneybags within the style of a beneficiant western Kenya politician of whom little is heard as of late.
From what folks might see, the previous Imenti Central Member of Parliament, who died as we speak, had a gentle money move from his alcohol sale enterprise, which he later determined to give up to, he mentioned, eradicate alcoholism in society.
“I used to promote alcohol in Nairobi making as much as Sh300,000 a day, however I’ve closed that enterprise,” the deceased as soon as mentioned.
“I used to drink Martel, the most costly alcohol on the planet, however I’ve give up as a result of alcohol is alcohol and there’s no distinction between the second era and first-generation.” he went on.
At one level in 2015, Mwiti went public within the Meeting of God church the place he re-affirmed his salvation and confirmed off his preaching abilities.
This was only a day after he had offered off his bar, in what might have been translated as both turning of a brand new leaf or only a political gimmick.
“Pastors saying it’s okay for Christians to go to bars have an issue. How do you carry keys to a bar and church in a single pocket?” Mwiti mentioned.
This was simply weeks after his rape allegations case had been suspended by Justice Weldon Korir to permit him to problem the legality of his prosecution.
Simply before the 2017 General Election, he proposed in parliament a legislation guaranteeing insurance coverage protection for customers of alcoholic drinks.
The Alcoholic Drinks Management Act invoice sought to have beer producers put between 5 and 10 per cent of their income in insurance coverage firms to compensate people (alcohol customers) that suffer damages.
“The invoice is a win-win for each customers and producers. The latter being compelled to make sure their customers are engaged in accountable consuming.” Mwiti mentioned to journalists on the Parliament constructing.
Mwiti argued that it was a indisputable fact that alcohol drinkers typically suffered large losses to their behavior, together with broken autos from accidents, job loss, and even terminal sicknesses.
“Within the occasion of demise, if a reliable medical skilled akin to a physician ascertains that sure damages akin to terminal illness or demise had been the results of extreme alcohol consumption, then the producer of the mentioned beverage should compensate the affected individual’s household and dependents. It additionally requires that each alcoholic drink offered will need to have an insurance coverage sticker,” a snippet of the Invoice learn.
His proposal didn’t see the sunshine of day.
Mwiti was first elected to Parliament in 2013 on a Jubilee Social gathering ticket to characterize Imenti Central, a seat he held for 5 years.
Mwiti misplaced his seat to the present MP Moses Kirima, prompting him to take a brief break from energetic politics.
He succumbed to diabetic problems on the age of 57.