By Alfred Maina
Former Kigumo Member of Parliament Onesmus Kihara Mwangi is dead.
Mwangi died aged 76 at the Nairobi West Hospital on Thursday morning, November 28, his personal assistant, Macharia Muthathai, has told K24 Digital.
The ex-legislator succumbed to diabetes, his PA said.
A medical bill of Ksh5 million, which was incurred during Kihara Mwangi’s treatment, is yet to be settled, with the current Kigumo lawmaker, Ruth Mwaniki, writing to the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, to help where possible.
Kihara Mwangi served as Kigumo representative to the National Assembly between 1997 and 2007.
He first won the Kigumo parliamentary seat on Democratic Party (DP) ticket in 1997. In 2002, he joined NARC, and retained his seat, which he lost in the 2007 general election to Jamleck Kamau of Party of National Unity (PNU).
Before joining politics, between 1975 and 1997, Mwangi served as the managing director of Kihara & Company Valuers and Surveyors.
Kihara Mwangi also served as estate surveyor in the Ministry of Public Works between July 1971 and January 1978. He was, thereafter, promoted to the position of estate superintendent at the now-defunct Nairobi City Commission.
The University of Nairobi alumnus served in that position between 1972 and 1975, and, thereafter, went into private practice.