Kenyan Devolution Secretary Waiguru Resigns Amid Graft ProbePaul Richardson
Kenyan Devolution and Planning Secretary Anne Waiguru resigned, saying allegations of corruption and attacks on her character had taken a toll on her health.
Two months ago, Kenya’s state prosecutor asked Waiguru to record a statement in a case that began after she requested an investigation into the suspected theft of 791 million shillings ($7.7 million) from the state-run National Youth Service.
“From the time I public the attempted theft of public funds at the NYS, there has been frenzied but unsupported allegations of corruption,” Waiguru said Saturday in a statement e-mailed from Nairobi, the capital. “In view of the impact these events have had on my health, I have been advised by my doctor to take time off to recover.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose administration is under scrutiny for corruption, placed five ministers from his 19-member cabinet on forced leave earlier this year after they were accused of graft. The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has criticized Kenyatta for not asking Waiguru to step aside while her office is probed, as he did the ministers for housing, labor, energy, transport and agriculture.