Waiguru driven to Nairobi as EACC probe hots up

By Githinji Mwangi On Thu, 20 Aug, 2020 13:10 | 2 mins read
Anne Waiguru
Governor Anne Waiguru's home in Kagio village in Kirinyaga County. PHOTO | GITHINJI MWANGI

Details have been revealed of how Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives conducted the simultaneous dawn operation in the homes and offices of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and other county officials.

The county chief was picked from her Kirinyaga rural home at Kagio village by EACC detectives after a magistrate in Nyeri gave the green light to raid her home and those of her Chief of Staff Sellah Bogonko and Chief Finance Officer Patrick Mugo Ndathi in an ongoing corruption investigation.

The EACC detectives raided Waiguru’s expansive home at around 5 am and forced their way through where they found the county boss still asleep.

The shocked county boss, according to sources, was caught unawares and was lost for words as detectives turned her home upside down.

“Yes, the officers searched the entire palatial home. Everything was turned upside down before bundling the county boss in one of the waiting vehicles,” one of the sources told K24 Digital.

The detectives divided themselves into two groups, one traveled with county boss to Nairobi while the second group drove to Kutus where they raided the county headquarters office and carted away computers from the officers of the governor, chief of staff and chief finance officer.

The media was barred from accessing the home with EACC vehicles parked at the gate with officers with firm instructions not let anyone inside or outside until they were done.

Operations at the county headquarters in Kutus town came to a standstill the moment the detectives drove in with five vehicles.

Kirinyaga County workers hurriedly walked out of their offices and went home leaving the offices unattended.

EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said that the detective were conducting investigations into allegations that the governor and other officials of the county government were irregularly paid Sh23 million travel allowances for non-existent trips.

In a statement, Mbarak revealed that EACC is in the process of establishing whether the trips were actually undertaken and whether the documents supporting disbursement of Sh23 million to county officials were genuine.

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