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Anne Waiguru – Biography

Who is Anne Waiguru?

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.

Her Background

Anne Waiguru was born in Kirinyaga County, Gichugu sub-county in the early 70s’. She is the former Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Anne Waiguru was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 2013 as the Cabinet Secretary for devolution. She is behind the 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 percent of all supply contracts to the government to the youth, persons with disability and women.

November 2015 following an 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. Former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru gained 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.

As soon as she claimed the ticket, Ann Waiguru was welcomed with open hands by the people of Kirinyaga to face off with another former female minister, NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua, in the ongoing General Election and has once again been tipped to win. Should either Waiguru or Karua emerge triumphant in the General Election, they would make history by becoming the first female governor if not among the first. Anne Waiguru resigned from the office of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in disgrace in November 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. 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.

  • Graduate student at the University of Nairobi, Masters degree in Economic 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

Her Job Description

  1. April 2013- November 2015: Cabinet Secretary, Devolution, and Planning
  2. Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS),
  3. Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Office of the President on secondment from the World Bank
  4. Intern and Research Assistant at Transparency International
  5. Senior Public Sector Manager/Assistant Vice President, at Citi-group.
  6. Head of Governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury.
  7. She provided Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat in what was then the Cabinet Office.

When she is not busy at work, Anne Waiguru likes reading, traveling dancing and spending time with her three sons Ian 17 years old, Don 14 years old and Wabu 9 years old. 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.

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