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Devolution CS Anne Waiguru resigns, cites poor health and attacks against family

Devolution CS Ann Waiguru Photo/File
Devolution CS Ann Waiguru Photo/File

Embattled Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne WAiguru has resigned.

Waiguru asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow her resign following doctors'advice.

"I have been advised by my doctor to take time off. I have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to relieve me of my duties," she said during a press conference at her Harambee House office on Saturday.

Waiguru said her fight against corruption has been turned into a fight against her and her family.

In her statement, she asked the president to reassign her lighter duties when she recovers.

The CS who becomes the sixth among those currently in office to step aside, said the move "should not come as a surprise to anyone who cares to understand how corruption networks, their underwriters and patrons operate."

"Over the last few months, from the time I made public the attempted theft of public funds at the NYS, there has been frenzied but organised attacks on my character with sustained but unsupported allegations of corruption," Waiguru said.

Waiguru said her stepping aside will allow for her name to be cleared adding that investigations into allegations against her are already revealing the "persons actually involved".

She also made a veiled reference at Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter who has been at the forefront for her removal from office.

"Some politicians with dubious characters and a litany of misconduct allegations also joined the fray to achieve nefarious intentions," Waiguru said without mentioning names.

Keter was last year caught on video threatening officials at the Gilgil weighbridge with sacking for refusing to allow a drilling truck belonging to nominated MP Sonia Birdi through over non-compliance with regulations.

Keter twice tabled a motion in Parliament for Waiguru's impeachment citing corruption at the Devolution ministry and within the NYS which falls under her docket. This includes a Sh791 million NYS scandal that has seen her PS charged in court.

The motion failed to reach the floor of the National Assembly the first time after several MPs who had supported it, withdrew their signatures.

Keter's second motion was rejected by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who said it did not meet the threshold to reach the floor of the plenary.

Cord leader Raila Odinga, who is embroiled in a legal battle with Waiguru on claims of defamation, dismissed the planned prosecution of NYS boss Nelson Githinji and Planning PS Peter Mangiti.

Raila said the two were being used as scapegoats and described the move as a desperate attempt to protect Waiguru.

“The government must stop taking Kenyans for fools. We refuse to accept that the NYS corruption saga has now been settled.

 The charging of Mangiti and Githinji is just the tip of the iceberg. The plot is way much thicker than we are being told. The script being played out is exactly the same as the one that was played out in the Anglo Leasing scandal," Raila said.

“It starts with denial, then claims that no money was lost, then with the return of money and finally in the taking down of a few fall guys."

This article has been updated.

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