Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru resigns


Waiguru, Ndathi clash at a prayer rally
Former Cabinet Secretary foe Devolution Anne Waiguru and Kirinyaga County governor clashed at a prayer rally. Photo,Courtesy

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has resigned to pave way for investigations into corruption allegations at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Addressing the press on Saturday, Waiguru expressed her regrets over mistakes made by officials at the NYS, Huduma Centres and her ministry which she said have led to attacks on her personal values and her children.

She said the events of the last few months concerning corruption allegations at the NYS have had a devastating impact on her health and she has been advised by her doctor to take on lighter duties.

Waiguru has been under pressure to resign following allegations of corruption at the National Youth Service which led to the alleged loss of Sh791 million.

Waiguru’s resignation comes barely a week after the National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Nelson Githinji stepped aside, after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered for his prosecution over allegations of fraud, alongside Devolution Permanent Secretary Peter Mangiti.

In a statement sent to media houses last Monday, Githinji said he had decided to step aside in order to allow him to focus on protecting his “long record of selfless public service”.

The devolution ministry has been on the receiving end for months over allegations of corruption and financial misappropriation, with recent claims of illegal procurement increasing the heat on ministry officials.

Waiguru and PS Mangiti were on the receiving end after reports emerged that the Devolution Ministry had procured 18 male and female condom dispensers at a cost of Ksh450,000 and bought 20 ball point pens at Ksh174,000 among other items.

Speaking when she appeared before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, Waiguru, however, distanced herself from the allegations stating that she is not involved in procurement at the ministry.

“Both by law and in practice, I do not procure. I do not purchase anything for the Ministry. I don’t sign or negotiate contracts,” Waiguru said.

Mangiti, in his submission, said the list that was in circulation was erroneous saying the details therein were fabricated.

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been on the forefront calling for the resignation of Waiguru, with coalition principals Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka leading the charge against her.

Raila has in several instances accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of ‘shielding’ Waiguru claiming that her name was deliberated erased from a list of officials, linked to corruption, released by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in March this year.

A section of Jubilee MPs have in the past weeks called for the resignation of Waiguru claiming that as the head of the ministry, she should bear the ultimate responsibility for any cases of corruption at the ministry.

The legislators, led by Chuka-Igambang’ombe MP Muthomi Njuki, asked waiguru to resign while calling on President Kenyatta to sack her if she does not resign.

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