Anne Waiguru Summoned By EACC
This is in regards to ongoing investigations into irregular payment of Ksh52 million for a piece of land in South Ngiriama.
Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru is currently recording a statement with detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) at Integrity Centre, Nairobi.
Waiguru had arrived at the anti-graft offices on Thursday morning, September 9.
The summons were in regards to ongoing investigations into irregular payment of Ksh52 million for a piece of land in South Ngiriama.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices at Integrity Centre, Nairobi. /FILE
“Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru is currently recording a statement with EACC detectives at Integrity Centre regarding ongoing investigations into suspect pending bills worth 52.8 Million,” EACC said in a statement.
The summons come a day after Waiguru fired at some elements of the state of being behind her summons by the EACC. The same elements were gunning for her impeachment motion which went up in smoke.
"The same people behind my impeachment are the same people behind the summons to EACC," she stated in an interview with Citizen TV.
“In the last one year, my county has had over 250 summons to EACC. The information EACC wants they can get even without summoning me."
Five days ago, officials attached to the Anti-graft body conducted a raid on her office. However, the governor who is serving her first term in office termed the raid as a political witchhunt allegedly due to her statement that the Mount Kenya region would need to go back to square one after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was felled by the Court of Appeal.
She had claimed that the Mt Kenya region did not support the initiative from the beginning.
“Last time I said on BBI let me keep quiet a bit. Immediately, EACC raided my office. Recently I said I am introspecting on the political way forward, and again I get EACC summons complete with subtle threatening inflexibilities,” she said.
According to the governor, the alleged payment of over Ksh52 million which was allocated by the County Assembly was a pending bill that was acquired in 2010 for the subdivision, allocation, and cadastral mapping of over 7,000 acres of South Ngariama Settlement Scheme.
On the same Citizen TV interview on Wednesday, she confessed that she would lose her top county seat if she were to defend it under the guise of the ruling Jubilee Party. The county boss expressed fears that the seat she prizes the most would easily slip from her hands unless the party fixes its house and reforms its outfit.
She added that despite her popularity, her election on the Jubilee ticket would be a piped dream.
“The truth of the matter is that defending my seat if the polls were held today, would be very difficult, and that is the truth of the matter, Jubilee needs to look internally at its issues in order to be acceptable to the people of Mt Kenya,” Waiguru stated.
Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru. /CITIZEN DIGITAL