By Prudence Minayo
Inspekta Mwala, real name Davis Hezron Mwabili, is a seasoned Kenyan TV actor and radio personality. He has solidified his place in the entertainment industry with an acting career spanning over two decades and the funnyman keeps reinventing himself to remain relevant.
Inspekta Mwala was born and raised in Taita Taveta. He is a Taita by tribe and only acquired a Kamba accent. Mwala’s uncle Aurelian Mwalukumbi, popularly known as Likobe, introduced his nephew to the world of acting. Interestingly, both are short.
Mwala is a family man with two children, a son and daughter.
Little is known about Mwala’s wife. In a rare public gesture of love to his wife, the funnyman took to Facebook to wish his partner a happy women’s day. The photo was captioned
“Let’s wish my wife a happy women’s day. Feel appreciated”
Mwala made his debut in the world of acting on the state broadcaster KBC. He was featured on the then very famous programs Vitimbi and Vihoja Mahakamani.
In an interview with Hot 96, he revealed how he started from the very bottom. He would be paid per appearance and in his first month as an actor he made only Ksh150. This salary improved in his second month and he got Ksh450. Motivated to push on, he continued making appearances to a point of becoming nearly indispensable on the programs.
Mwala’s short stature combined with his acting skills propelled him to fame. In the past, people would often debate on whether he was a grown man or a child. This is because it was an age where some had not been exposed to short adult people, otherwise called dwarfs.
In 2007, Mwala debuted his own show on Citizen TV called Inspekta Mwala. This was a time when local dramas were just beginning to gain momentum and Citizen TV was at the forefront of promoting local content. Kenyans wholeheartedly received the drama series and it became a major hit.
Just as the name suggests, Mwala acts as the inspector of the fictional Kona Mbaya Police Station. The events of the program revolve around the station and how officers from there interact on a daily basis and their ways of dealing with criminals.
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The veteran actor has been a popular figure in Radio Citizen morning show Jambo Kenya. In fact, the program has been ranked as one of the most listened to morning shows in the country. At the station, he has worked alongside the likes of Jerida Andayi, Vincent Ateya and Melody Sinzore.
After thirteen years with the RMS owned radio station, he announced his departure in December 2020.
“Today is my last day at Radio Citizen. I am doing this morning show and will also host Drive On in the evening. I am grateful to the station and to the fans who have been tuning in for so many years,” he said.
The presenter added that he was leaving the station on good terms and his show on Citizen TV Inspekta Mwala will still continue. He later said he couldn’t leave the show as it was based around him.
In 2019, he fatally hit a pedestrian crossing the street in Kaloleni, Kilifi county. Initially, it was reported he was drunk during the incident as he tried to overtake another car. Reports also said police arrived in time just as the mob was about to attack him.
The victim was taken to Coast General Hospital morgue where post mortem revealed he succumbed to severe head injuries caused by the crash.
A hearing was later conducted. In his mitigation, the TV actor apologized to the family of the deceased saying he had no intention to kill. He also asked the court for leniency as he had never been involved in an accident since he began driving in 2007.
The court sentenced him to a year in prison or a fine of Ksh30,000.
In 2019, a video of him trying to forcefully kiss Melody Sinzore in the studio surfaced online. It angered many and he issued an apology to his fellow presenter.