Government official in Kenya refuses to resign after corruption allegations

Waiguru says "I'm here to stay"

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Ann Waiguru (Photo, Kenya Today)
Ann Waiguru with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo, Kenya Today)

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of resigning over claims of widespread corruption in her ministry.

Ms Waiguru, who has been widely attacked, said she intends to continue discharging her duties diligently “as I have always done for as long as I am given the trust to do so”.

She faced MPs and protested her innocence and rejected some of the criticism as “calculated evil, vindictive and ill intentioned” in an earlier statement.

She also rejected calls to take responsibility for the corruption in her ministry, arguing that it was not her fault since she was not involved in accounting.

Appearing before MPs, she also said she was not aware of a report that listed a litany of what MPs called inflated expenses in departments under her ministry, proclaiming that she was not involved in procurement.

INFLATED EXPENSES

In a heated, three-hour session, she told the Public Accounts Committee that she had not seen the report tabled before the committee by one of the Principal secretaries in charge of planning at the ministry, Mr Peter Mangiti, who also attended the session.

“I can confirm that I’ve not seen it. I only learnt of the report through 411 and reports in the media,” she told the committee, chaired by Rarieda MP Nicolas Gumbo.

The CS maintained that she was not aware of an integrated monitoring touch screen in her office costing Sh1.798 million and a Yamaha piano worth Sh235,500, also in her office.

“I want to talk about things which were said to be in my office, and I want to say that I don’t have a piano and a screen.”

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