Anne Mumbi Waiguru was Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning when The National Youth Service Scandal broke with allegations of corruption that saw Ksh. 791 million ($7,650,000) stolen from the ministry through payment to “NYS supplier”
In September 2015, Kenya’s director of public prosecutions asked Waiguru to record a statement over the disappearance of Ksh. 791 million from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. Public Accounts Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo said he was looking into the ministry’s accounts in which the ministry had bought overpriced items including a television set for Ksh. 1.7 million.
Waiguru denied these allegations saying that she is not involved in the purchase of anything for the ministry.
Put pressure was heaped on her to resign and on 22 November 2015, Waiguru stepped down from her cabinet position saying that her doctor had advised her to “be on light duties”
Some politicians have since then defended and condemned her for her role in the heist.
In February 2016, she was cleared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on all charges. However, in March 2016, EACC Chairman Phillip Kinisu said that there had been errors in clearing Waiguru. He stated that these errors had been as a result of a communication breakdown between government agencies.
Deputy President, William Ruto, initially defended Waiguru saying all accusations against her were false and that they were the creations of the opposition to paint the government as being lax in fighting corruption. He later retracted this statement and said that Waiguru should take responsibility for the millions that went missing in her ministry. He once again appeared to take another about-turn and was seen to hobnob with Waiguru when she clinched the governorship of Kirinyaga.
Raila Odinga, the biggest voice in the NYS scandal seemed to have thawed his stand on Waiguru in 2019 after Waiguru ditched Ruto’s camp for the Building Bridges Initiative.
Others mentioned in the scandal include Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi, Adan Harakhe, Mutahi Ngunyi and Kipchumba Murkomen.