May 20, 2024

Waiguru’s File Investigation Complete, EACC Recommends Arrest 

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EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission) has recommended for arrest and prosecution of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

On Thursday, March 17, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak revealed that the commission recommended Waiguru be punished for allegedly embezzling Ksh58 million in county monies.

Her case was referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), which is led by Noordin Haji.

“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.

In September 2021, the EACC summoned Waiguru regarding the disputed allocation of the cash to settle a pending bill passed by the County Assembly.

The pending bill, according to the governor, arose during the granting 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.

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