Waiguru Faces Arrest as Investigations Are Completed

  • An undated photo of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
    An undated photo of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
    File
  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru faces arrest after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) concluded investigating her graft case. 

    EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak on Thursday, March 17, stated that the commission noted that it recommended Waiguru to be prosecuted for allegedly embezzling county funds totalling Ksh58 million.

    The investigative agency forwarded her file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) headed by Noordin Haji. 

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak.
    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak.
    File

    "We are done with investigations on the Kirinyaga Governor and recommended her to be charged. Her case started a long time ago and we all know that corruption takes time to be determined," the EACC CEO noted.

    He further dismissed claims that the EACC was targeting Waiguru over her political alignment, revealing that other civil servants were also on the commission's radar. 

    "We forwarded the file of Lamu Governor, Fahim Yasin Twaha, for prosecution and now we have recommended Kirinyaga Governor to be charged. There are other governors we are investigating. We are also probing several chief county officers as well as heads of state corporations," Twalib explained.

    Waiguru was summoned by the EACC in September 2021 over the questionable allocation of the said funds to settle a pending bill approved by the County Assembly. The governor explained that the pending bill accrued during the issuance of title deeds in South Ngariama.

    "This pending bill was for issuance of title deeds in South Ngariama, and what they are alleging is that we shouldn’t have deliberated on this issue at the Cabinet,” Waiguru told the media.

    She further claimed that her case was politically instigated owing to her defection from the ruling party Jubilee.

    "Last time I said … 'on BBI let me keep quiet a bit...' immediately, EACC raided my office…  Recently I said am '… introspecting on the political way forward…'  and again, immediately I get EACC summons, complete with all the subtle threatening inflexibilities… and media alerts on an alleged payment of Ksh52 million," Waiguru reiterated.

    An undated image of Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru addressing the press.
    An undated image of Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru addressing the press.
    (COURTESY)
    corruption arrest