In 2016, when Governor Ann Waiguru was at the helm of the Devolution Ministry, Deputy President William Ruto strongly differed with her and linked her to the huge loss of cash at the National Youth Service (NYS).
In 2016, Waiguru was under pressure to explain how she had spent some funds at NYS which went missing and thereby attracting a public outcry with the current Kirinyaga Governor being asked to resign.
At the time, Waiguru was unshaken and she kept on dismissing those who raised concerns on how she had spent the money terming them mere allegations.
However, Ruto in a rare attack on Waiguru came out gun blazing and linked her to businesswoman Josephine Kabura- a key suspect in the reported ksh1.8 billion theft of NYS money.
The DP went ahead to inisnuate that Waiguru was ‘cat walking and talking a lot of English’ without giving proper explanation of what had happened and how the money was spent.
“When a hairdresser registers 20 companies in a day and goes on to be paid close to a billion shillings, which she said she carried in sacks and then someone is cat-walking and talking a lot of English, give me a break,” DP Ruto told a crowd that cheered him on.
This was followed by a series of attacks on Waiguru, including an incident where officers attached to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) raided her home as they looked for more evidence.
Waiguru in previous interviews was asked to comment on the statements made by Ruto and she declined saying that the issues were already in court.
“Furthermore our relationship with DP Ruto is professional,” she said.
Months later, Waiguru could resigned from the ministry's docket citing ‘personal reasons.’
She could later bounce back into politics and declared that she would be running for the Kirinyaga County Governorship seat. And she won on Jubilee ticket.
However, on Tuesday, October 26, she officially joined DP Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and denounced President Kenyatta's Jubilee party.
Announcing the move, Waiguru said that she was acting on requests by the people of Kirinyaga.