Anne Waiguru Biography
Anne Waiguru was born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub- county in the early 70s’. She is the former Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
Anne Waiguru was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April 2013 as the Cabinet Secretary for devolution. She is behind establishment of Huduma Centres, places where Kenyan citizens can access government services more efficiently,as well as the 30% procurement rule, which accords at least 30 per cent of all supply contracts to the government to the youth, persons with disability and women. She resigned from her post in November 2015 following allegation of corruption in her docket.
In 2011 she was nominated as one of the Top 40 under 40 women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public Service.
Anne Waiguru Education Background
Graduate student at the University of Nairobi, Masters degree in ERconomic Policy
Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Degree in Economic Policy
Secondary school student at Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi- A Level
Secondary school student at Precious Blood Riruta High School, O Level
Anne Waiguru Job History
April 2013- November 2015: Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and Planning
Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS),
Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Ofﬁce of the President on secondment from the World Bank
Intern and Research Assistant at Transparency International
Senior Public Sector Manager/Assistant Vice President, at Citi-group.
Head of Governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury.
She provided Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat in what was then the Cabinet Office.
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- Anne Waiguru gave me a secure phone which only she would call, and instructed me to only switch it on between 7am and 9am then again between 7pm and 9pm. I met Anne Waiguru in 2012 while working at KDN and we became friends and acquaintances. At the request of Waiguru, I took my CV personally to her house in Runda Evergreen House Number 29. In August 2014, she requested me to bring along a copy of my national identification card, passport size photos and copy of my PIN certificate to facilitate the incorporation of companies.
- She informed me that four people – Betty Maina (personal assistant), Hassan Noor (director of administration at Planning Ministry), Adan Harakhe (who was poised for a senior position in the NYS) and Mutahi Ngunyi (NYS consultant) – would be of assistance in processing of tenders and payment. Loise Nyamu Mbarire, her elder sister, would pay supply agents and move profits.
- The Cabinet secretary instructed me to open bank accounts for the companies at Family Bank and specifically at Kenya Tea Development Agency Plaza branch. She called Raphael Ndunda, who was an employee of Family Bank as head of compliance. His role was to ensure the accounts were operated without hiccups.
- Waiguru stated that, in big deals, there are normal Government bureaucratic delays in remittance of payments and she advised it would be wise to have some other businesses as a front to rely on. In this regard, I floated the idea of a computer accessories shop and she loaned me Sh1 million. Waiguru provided seed capital to start supply of the road construction materials.
- She was involved at all levels, held several meetings with me and various highly placed Government officials including the director of banking fraud department, Mr Mugwanja, in the investigations when this matter arose under the disguised allegations of corruption.
- At some point, Mr Harakhe summoned the director of finance to his NYS office and introduced me as the sole merchant assigned to deliver all the road materials. Once Mr Harakhe took over, payments and remittances were effected much faster.
- On May 3, 2015, Harakhe also requested me to meet him in his office for our regular meeting and that I take Sh20 million in cash with me, which he told me to hand over to a gentleman only introduced to me as Mohammed. Mr Harakhe requested I deposit Sh40 million in an account number he gave me. I informed the CS (Waiguru) about the monies requested by Mr Harakhe and she told me that she was aware.
- That in dealing with Jua Kali workers and contractors, I was advised by CS Waiguru to withdraw money in cash and carry it in bags since the bulk of payees could neither take cheques nor RTGS. Since the amounts of money involved were sometimes large, I had to call the bank and make prior arrangements for the money to be in cash. Most of the time the CS would request that I give part profits to Loise Nyamu Mbarire.
- CS Waiguru instructed that I hand to one Mr Mugwanja Sh80,000,000 I had earlier disclosed to Waiguru I had kept in the two safes. She said they would keep it safely away from the NIS, who had been looped into the case.
- Prior to the supply of road construction materials in November 2012, CS Waiguru had assisted me secure other contracts with about 30 LPOs for my other companies at the NYS valued in excess of Sh400 million.
Video One on One with Ann Waigugu
Update – 11.01.2016
An exclusive interview with Citizen TV’s Hussein Mohamed
Anne Waiguru Appointment to Cabinet
Ms Anne Waiguru is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning and is responsible for Women and Youth Affairs, Public Service Management, Northern Kenya and other Arid & Semi Arid Lands, Special Programmes, Planning and Devolution. Before her appointment to this position, she was the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS) at the former Ministry of Finance, where she led her team to win three Awards for exemplary Performance in the Public Service.
In the brief period since her appointment, Ms Ann Waiguru has overseen the successful launch of the KES six billion Uwezo Fund, the Medium Term Plan II for the period 2013-2017, Performance Contracting for Public Service Officers and the cash payment programme, that will resettle 8242 Post Election Violence IDPs and Forest Evictees. She has also initiated a campaign dubbed ‘Beyond Bush Clearing’ to facilitate access to high end contracts by women, youth and persons with disabilities as part of the 30% government procurement preference provision for this category.
Update – 21.11.2015
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Anne Waiguru Career
Ms Anne Waiguru began her career in the public service by providing Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat in what was then the Cabinet Office. Since then she has variously served as the Head of Governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury, Alternate to the Permanent Secretary/National Treasury in the Public Procurement Oversight Authority and Advisory Board and the Women Enterprise Fund Board. Further, in view of her distinguished public career, she was successfully nominated two years ago as one of the Top 40 under 40 women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public Service.
Ms Anne Waiguru is published and has her academic background and experience in Economics and Public Policy. She holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi, and has specialized experience in public finance, financial management systems, public service reform, capacity building and governance.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Waiguru was the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National Treasury. She served briefly as a Senior Public Sector Manager/Assistant Vice President, at Citi-group. Previously, Ms. Waiguru served as a Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Ofﬁce of the President on secondment from the World Bank.
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In the past two years, Ms. Waiguru led her IFMIS team at theNational Treasury to win three awards for exemplary performance in the Public Service. She was also nominated two years ago, as one of the Top 40 under 40 Women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public service.
Ms. Waiguru has been published, and has served as the Alternate to the Permanent Secretary National Treasury in the Public Procurement Oversight Authority Advisory Board, and, the Women Enterprise Fund Board.
Ann Waiguru Profile ( Private Life)
When she is not busy at work, Anne Waiguru likes reading, travelling dancing and spending time with her three sons Ian, Don and Wabu. Quite the role model she inspires a sense of success in many young ladies in leadership who would love to be in her position one day.
Anne Waiguru Family and Children
Ms. Waiguru is a proud mother of three sons, Ian, 17; Don,14 and Wabu, 9.
Ann Waiguru Wealth
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has for the first time moved to declare her wealth, insisting that she did not benefit in any way from fraudulent transactions at the National Youth Service (NYS).
In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV’s Hussein Mohamed, Waiguru said she is worth Sh160 million with liabilities that total to Sh80 million.
“In terms of assets, including this house which is on loan, I’m worth Sh160 million and the liabilities total to Sh80 million. The net value is therefore nothing to write home about,” she said.
Waiguru dispelled claims that she had enriched herself from proceeds of corruption at the NYS saying she owned most of the things she has way before joining government.
“I lived in Runda before I joined government and I own a house there. I also drove a Mercedes Benz before joining government so there is no way I could have benefited from fraudulent transactions at the NYS,” she stated.
“I worked at the World Bank and as the assistant vice president at Citi Group before joining government so the things I own were acquired legally.”
Asked whether she was ready for a lifestyle audit, Waiguru said: “EACC is already carrying out a lifestyle audit on me and they have picked documents from our home that pertain to our lives.”
The former CS noted that her house located in Kitusuru was bought under a mortgage plan for cabinet secretaries on a 3 per cent interest rate for 20 years.
She refuted claims that she bought three houses and paid in cash saying: “My house is not paid for and it did not cost Sh150 million, only the deposit has been paid.”
Waiguru stated that she was saddened by personal attacks on her children; refuting claims on social media that one of her sons owned an Austin Martin that he was pictured next to.
“My son is an ordinary teenager and would get a ride from people. We don’t own the car, we can’t even dream of owning it because it is very expensive. People go to motor shows and take pictures next to cars; it does not mean they own them,” she quipped.
She said reports on social media that she owns malls in different parts of the country are false, revealing that she too bargains during shopping.
“I do not pay more than Sh2,500 for my shoes and I bargain for every delivery. We declare our wealth after every two years in government and we did it when we were appointed into cabinet so my records are available.”
“I wear the same jewellery that I have been wearing for the past six or seven years and people can see the same since my photos have been posted severally on social media.”
She clarified that she helped stop a planned theft of Sh800 million from the ministry, saying the investigations led to the revelation of Sh791 million lost through fraudulent dealings with certain companies.
Waiguru said the challenges she faced during her time at the ministry and the battles she fought have made her a stronger person.
“It was a tough moment for me, but you cannot come out of such fire the same. I am stronger now than I was before and I am not naive anymore. I used to trust many people, but now I am very keen on who I trust,” stated Waiguru.
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Anne Waiguru Profile – 10 things you did not know about Anne Waiguru
- Ann Waiguru was born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub- county in the early 70s’. She attended Precious Blood Riruta High School and later sat for her A-Level exams in 1989 at the Moi Forces Academy in Nairobi where she studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
- Ann Waiguru took her undergraduate studies at University of Nairobi and later graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Economic Policy from the same University.
- She was nominated among 40 under 40 women in 2011 and was the only nominee at that time from the Public Service.
- Her hobbies include reading, travelling and dancing
- Before her nomination as a Cabinet Secretary, she had previously worked as the Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National Treasury.
- Ann Waiguru was honored with an Order Grand Warrior title by President Mwai Kibaki due her exemplary performance at the Integrated Financial Management and Information System where she led her team to win three Awards for good Performance in the Public Service.
- She describes herself as a person who never stands mediocrity especially at place of work. For this reason, she says, people think she is tough and arrogant.
- Waiguru is a mother of three teenage sons who she talks highly about. It is not clear whether she is married or not.
- Ann Waiguru has previously worked with President Uhuru Kenyatta under different Ministries.
- Waiguru interned at Transparency International. She also worked as a research assistant.