Former Member of Parliament for Imenti Central Constituency Gideon Mwiti Irea has passed away aged 57.

Mwiti died on Sunday morning of diabetes-related complications at the Nairobi Hospital where he was receiving treatment, his family confirmed.

According to Mwiti’s family, the former legislator was just fine until Saturday evening when he developed the complications before being rushed to Nairobi Hospital where he succumbed to the illness.

Mwiti was elected Member of Parliament for Imenti Central in 2013 on an Alliance Party of Kenya and served until 2017.

After serving for one term, Mwiti quit active politics to pursue his private business interests.

He held a Bachelor of Arts from Daystar University and a degree in Public Relations from the Institute of Commercial Management.

In 2015, Mwiti was charged for charged in court for allegedly drugging, raping and assaulting a journalist in his office.

One Dr David Muchiri was charged alongside Mwiti for aiding and abetting Mwiti’s criminal activities. 

Muchiri is alleged to have drugged the victim and conducted an involuntary HIV test on her before at the behest of Mwiti.

Mwiti was also linked to Akiba Micro-Finance, a limited liability company that was shut down by the Central Bank of Kenya after being hit by a myriad of allegations from banking fraud to illegal operation.