Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is not yet off the hook over the ksh10M graft case as the Office of Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) reverts the case to the Ethics of Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for further investigations.
Through a formal statement issued by Deputy of Director of Public Prosecution, Grace Murungi, Waiguru’s case was moved from DPP’s office to EACC for further investigation.
“The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) would like to clarify that the Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru’s file has since been returned to the EACC and is under active investigation,” read the statement signed by acting deputy DPP Grace Murungi.
“It is therefore clear that investigations are still ongoing in regard to the matter and the Office of Director of Publication Prosecution (ODPP) awaits the outcome of the further investigations” added part of the statement.
On 22nd July, 2021, Waiguru was summoned by the Ethics of Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for grilling over alleged misappropriation of funds that imprest ksh10M.
Waiguru denied the accusations citing that her purported prosecution was hinged on political witch-hunt following her move to decamp from president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party to Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
The EACC is expected to deliver the final report to ODPP for Waiguru’s prosecution.
Waiguru’s Political Shift
Early last year, Anne Waiguru defected from Raila and Uhuru’s Azimio – One Kenya to join DP Ruto’s UDA after listening to the voice of the voters on the ground who had embraced Ruto’s bottom-up narrative.
Waiguru’s entry into the hustler nation camp forced her counterpart opponent and Kirinyaga women rep, Wangui Ngirici to ditch hustler nation. Wangui lamented that DP Ruto had favored Waiguru’s re-election bid and even wooed her to withdraw from the race to vie for the Mwea Parliamentary seat.
Ngirici then opted to vie for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate and face off UDA’s Waiguru.