Letter claiming Waiguru off the hook stirs up social media

The Nation could not verify its authenticity as the hard copy was not made available and neither the recipient nor the author could be reached.

Monday February 8 2016

Former Devolution CS Ann Waiguru (second left) joins Nairobi County Grassroots Women Leaders representatives in a dance after holding talks with them at Ufungamano House on January 27, 2016. They asked her to consider vying for the Nairobi governor’s seat in next year’s elections. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former Devolution CS Ann Waiguru (second left) joins representatives of the Nairobi County Grassroots Women Leaders in a dance after holding talks with them at Ufungamano House on January 27, 2016. They asked her to consider vying for the Nairobi governor’s seat in next year’s elections. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOHN NGIRACHU
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A letter purportedly written by the anti-corruption commission stating that former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru had been cleared of corruption allegations was being circulated to closed groups on the social media yesterday.

Addressed to Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua and supposedly authored by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chief executive officer, the letter is dated February 4 and is stamped “confidential” in capital letters at the top and the bottom.

The Nation could not verify its authenticity as the hard copy was not made available and neither the recipient nor the author could be reached throughout the day yesterday through their mobile phones.

CONFIDENTIAL

When reached for a comment Sunday afternoon, Mr Michael Mubea, Mr Halakhe Waqo’s deputy, referred inquiries to his boss and promised to call back but did not.

The letter was circulated among journalists by sources who asked not to be named because it was not meant for the consumption of the public. 

The document bears the letterhead of the EACC and Mr Waqo’s signature, which looks similar to that on other documents he has posted on the commission’s website.

It reads: “The commission has conducted investigations on various allegations touching on the National Youth Service and the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning. So far, our investigations have not established any evidence to warrant an adverse recommendation against the former Cabinet Secretary, Ms Anne Mumbi Waiguru.”

Ms Waiguru’s lawyer Ahmednasir Adbullahi told the Nation he was aware of the existence of the letter exonerating his client.

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