After the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) finalized its investigation into Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s graft case, she risks arrest.
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 have completed our investigations into the Governor of Kirinyaga and have recommended that she be charged. Her case began a long time ago, and we all know that uncovering corruption takes time “The CEO of the EACC made a point.
He further denied that the EACC was targeting Waiguru because of her political affiliation, stating that the panel was also looking into other state workers.
“We have suggested that the case of Lamu Governor Fahim Yasin Twaha be prosecuted, and we have also advised that the file of Kirinyaga Governor be prosecuted. We’re looking into a few more governors. We’re also looking into a number of county sheriffs and leaders of state corporations “Twalib clarified.
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 law, according to the governor, arose during the granting of title deeds in South Ngariama.
“This pending law was for the issuance of title documents in South Ngariama,” Waiguru told the media. “What they are arguing is that we shouldn’t have discussed on this matter at the Cabinet.”
She further stated that her lawsuit was politically motivated as a result of her departure from the ruling Jubilee party.
“EACC raided my office the last time I said…’on BBI, let me keep quiet a bit…’ I recently stated that I am ‘… contemplating the political path forward…’ and promptly received EACC summons, complete with all the subtle menacing inflexibilities… and media alerts on a purported payment of Ksh52 million “Waiguru reaffirmed his point.