Who is Anne Waiguru?
Anne Waiguru began her career in the public service by providing Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat. Especially 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. Also, alternate to the Permanent Secretary and or the 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. Not to mention that she was the only nominee at the time from the Public Service.
Born in 1971 Waiguru attended Nairobi River Primary School and later Precious Blood Girls’ Secondary School, Riruta where she sat for her O-Level exams in 1987. She then joined Moi Forces Academy in Nairobi where she sat for her A-Level exams in 1989. At Moi Forces Academy, Anne Waiguru studied Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Upon graduating from Egerton University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and home economics, she worked for Transparency International as an intern and research assistant, and then joined the Kenya Leadership Institute.
Taking lead in Governance
Waiguru holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy and Planning from the University of Nairobi. And has specialized experience in public finance, financial management systems, public service reform, capacity building, and governance. On the other hand, she is the former Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning. In addition, Anne Waiguru was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April 2013. In particular, as the Cabinet Secretary for devolution.
Besides, 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 lesser. Including, to the youth, persons with disability and women.
Anne Waiguru Career Breakdown
On the contrary, in November 2015 following an allegation of corruption in her docket. However, in 2011 she was nominated as one of the Top 40 under 40 women in the country. Not to mention, the only nominee at the time from the Public Service.
The former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru gained one step closer to becoming the next Kirinyaga Governor. Especially after trouncing the incumbent Joseph Ndathi in the Jubilee Party primaries. After all, 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. Especially to face off with another former female minister, NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua. Particularly, in the ongoing General Election and has once again been tipped to win.
How Anne Waiguru outed Martha Karua
At the end of August 2016, Anne Waiguru declared her interest in politics and registered for TNA membership. This was in preparation for the 2017 general election where she was planning to vie for the Kirinyaga County gubernatorial seat.
Be that as it may, should either Waiguru or Karua emerge triumphant in the General Election, they would make history. Of course by becoming the first female governors if not among the first. Correspondingly, Anne Waiguru resigned following the National Youth Service Scandal. In which approximately Kshs. 1.4 billion was stolen from the National Youth Service. So to say, a programme under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Waiguru resigned from her position as Cabinet Secretary, with Festus Mwangi Kiunjuri taking her place.
After the 2017 Elections
Anne Mumbi Waiguru is the 2nd and current governor of Kirinyaga County in Kenya, in office since 22 August 2017. She was elected as governor in elections held on 8 August 2017. Previously, she served as the first Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
Kenyans On Twitter were highly critical of Waiguru’s intent to run for public office after a highly publicized corruption plot at the National Youth Service that led to her resignation. Despite demands for her sacking, President Uhuru Kenyatta and top government officials. Including, the Deputy President William Ruto and majority leader Aden Duale stood by her. Especially dismissing the allegations as propaganda advanced by the opposition. An attempt to introduce a motion for impeachment in the National Assembly was defeated through concerted pressure from forces allied to the president.
Anne Waiguru fight Against Corruption
The fight against corruption eventually mutated into the fight against Anne Waiguru. Anne Waiguru thereafter remade herself into a politician. Firstly, through fuelling speculation that she would seek elective office in Nairobi. Even before declaring her intent to become the next Kirinyaga Governor. Even so, Anne Waiguru is published and has her academic background and experience in Economics and Public Policy.
Anne Waiguru holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi. Additionally, she has specialized experience in public finance, financial management systems, public service reform, capacity building, and governance.
The breakdown of her Education Background is as follows;
- Graduate student at the University of Nairobi, Masters degree in Economic Policy
- Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi, Degree in Economic Policy
- A secondary school student at Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi- A Level
- Secondary school student at Precious Blood Riruta High School, O Level
Her Job Description
- April 2013- November 2015: Cabinet Secretary, Devolution, and Planning
- Director, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS),
- Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Ofﬁce of the President on secondment from the World Bank
- Intern and Research Assistant at Transparency International
- Senior Public Sector Manager/Assistant Vice President, at Citi-group.
- Head of Governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury.
- She provided Technical Assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat in what was then the Cabinet Office.
In conclusion, when Anne is not busy at work, she likes reading, traveling dancing and spending time with her three sons. Namely; Ian who is 18 years old, Don who is 15 years old and Wabu who is 9 years old. In reality, she has become 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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