Anne Waiguru Biography
Anne Waiguru was born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub- county in the early 70s’. She is the current Governor of Kirinyaga County.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.
AnnWaiguru routs Governor Ndathi in Kirinyaga Jubilee primary
Former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru is one step closer to becoming the next Kirinyaga Governor after trouncing the incumbent Joseph Ndathi in the Jubilee Party primaries. Ann Waiguru had a commanding lead of over 80,000 votes with 102,927 votes against Ndathi’s 19,078.
Once she claims the ticket, Ann Waiguru will face off with another former female minister, NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua, in the August General Election and has once again been tipped to win.
Should either Waiguru or Karua emerge triumphant in the August General Election, they would make history by becoming the first female governor if not among the first.
Ann Waiguru resigned from the office of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in disgrace in November of 2015 after being hounded over the loss of hundreds of millions of shillings.
At the time Anne Waiguru was categorical that she was forced to resign not out of a sense of responsibility for the lost funds but as a result of the political pressure she felt once it became public knowledge.
“The fight against corruption eventually mutated into the fight against Anne Waiguru,” she said at the time.
Anne Waiguru thereafter remade herself into a politician, first fuelling speculation that she would seek elective office in Nairobi before declaring her intent to become the next Kirinyaga Governor.
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.
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.
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.
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She won the 2017 general election beating the incumbent Governor of Kirinyaga to become the new/current Governor of Kirinyaga county.
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.
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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.
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Ann Waiguru – The ‘Minji Minji’ euphoria
According to the Urban Dictionary, Minji stands for “a very, very cool girl” while in Asia, the word means “a new breed of cute penguins.”
But I bet the people of Kirinyaga have none of the above definitions in mind whenever they chant the “Minji Minji” slogan. To them, it’s all local.
Minji is a Kikuyu word which means peas and in Kirinyaga politics it is a moniker for Jubilee governorship candidate Anne Waiguru.
Without sounding prejudicial, Waiguru’s light complexion, good looks, newness in the political scene and fresh ideas are the core basis for the byname; but don’t take my word for it.
In a feature dubbed Kirinyaga Battle Royales, aired on Citizen TV on Sunday, one of the residents, Peter Wambugu, claimed that Waiguru perfectly fits the tag.
“Minji minji is something soft and sweet but ndengu ndengu (which is used to refer to Martha Karua) is tough and does not cook well. That is why we refer to Waiguru as Minji,” he said.
The appellation has turned into a movement, especially among the youth in Mwea, Ndia, Kirinyaga Central and Gichugu constituencies, with “Minji Minji” songs released by musicians in Kirinyaga magnifying the wave.
Kirinyaga Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Anne Waiguru during a political campaign. PHOTO/Courtesy
What begun as a simple nickname has now turned into a county anthem with Waiguru’s new campaign model that embraces personal interaction with her supporters working to her advantage.
Unlike her competitors who have chosen to stick to the traditional arm’s length campaign model, Waiguru has been seen freely mingling with her supporters, purchasing goods in the markets, picking tea with farmers and even taking long walks to her rally venues in what has evidently endeared her more to the people.
And so, if the current euphoria is anything to go by, then Kirinyaga is going the “Minji Minji” way!
Source: Citizen Digital
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