Ever since her disastrous tenure as Devolution Cabinet Secretary was brought to a screeching halt in 2015 over her involvement in the grand National Youth Service (NYS) Sh791 million scandal, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s name has since been associated with corruption and incompetence.
Rumored to have a place in the heart of the powers that be, it was thus unsurprising when despite her scandalous reign in the civil service, she transitioned into the highly competitive male-dominated Kenyan politics.
Earlier this week, the long-running tug of war between the Kirinyaga boss and Members of County Assembly (MCAs) culminated in an impeachment.
In an attempt to save her skin as the motion heads to the Senate, she reportedly had a night meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga- a meeting- that Raila has vehemently refused, terming it as fake news.
It has since emerged that detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Central Region Department are working round the clock to complete an investigation into strong conflict of interest allegations lodged against the county chief in awarding a Sh50 million tender to Velocity Partners Limited, a company reportedly related to Waiguru’s relatives.
The anti-graft agency’s head Charles Rasugu on Thursday informed members of the press that his team are also keenly looking into claims that the county boss authorized her team’s irregular payment of up to Sh10.6 million travel allowances to some staff just a day after the Kirinyaga County Assembly sent her packing and at the mercy of the Senate.
Kirinyaga County Government’s Chief of Staff Sellah Bogonko and Chief Finance Officer Patrick Mugo are among the staffers interrogated by EACC.
They have also summoned 25 people to appear before the Nyeri-based investigators for grilling in relation to the Sh10.6 million irregular travel allowance payments.
Thirty-eight (38) other persons who detectives suspect were involved in the payment of Sh50 million to Velocity Partners Limited for undone work are also on the agency’s radar.