David Mwalili, better known as Inspetka Mwala, is a well-known comedian and actor who has made a name for himself on both TV and radio. He rose to fame as a part-time actor on the popular shows Vitimbi and Vioja Mahakamani on KBC in 1993, where he was paid a small amount of 150 Kenyan shillings per show. However, through hard work and perseverance, his pay increased to 450 shillings per show as he became an almost indispensable part of the cast.
In the early 2000s, Mwala’s TV show, Inspetka Mwala, premiered on Citizen TV and has been a hit ever since. The show satirizes police officers, their corrupt dealings, and the challenges they face while on duty. Mwala plays the lead character, Sergeant Abdi, who embodies everything wrong with the police service and often teams up with Muliro for his underhanded operations. Other notable characters include Lavander, a professional cop, and Morio, the humorous gardener at Kona Mbaya Police station. Actors on the show are paid between 7,000-10,000 Kenyan shillings per show, with extras earning 1,000-2,000 shillings.
In addition to his TV show, Mwala co-hosts a popular morning show on Radio Citizen with fellow comedians Jackie Nyaminde (Wilbroda) and Francis Luchivia. This, coupled with his success on TV, has made him one of the most successful comedians of our time.
Mwala has also been featured in a number of commercials, earning lucrative pay packages for his appearances. He has been reported to have been paid 5 million Kenyan shillings for an Airtel commercial and may have earned a similar amount for his appearance in a Sonadol commercial.
As Mwala prepares for his retirement, he has invested in real estate, owning a flat in the growing town of Ruai that brings in a monthly income of 250,000 Kenyan shillings. He also has a house in Kamulu where he lives with his family. His salary from his TV and radio show is estimated at 300,000 Kenyan shillings.
Interestingly, Mwala hails from Taita Taveta, not Ukambani as widely believed. He is a family man with two children.