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Most corrupt Kenyans? Waiguru responds to Ipsos poll

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has threatened to sue research firm Ipsos Synovate for releasing a poll that said Kenyans viewed her as the second most corrupt politician in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Kirinyaga after the poll was unveiled, the visibly irked Governor dismissed the report as propaganda saying it is meant to malign her reputation as an integral civil servant.

“It is unfortunate that Ipsos can be used by other parties to advance an agenda. I will say to Ipsos shame on you for pushing an agenda you know is political.”


“I have never been taken to court because of any matter regarding corruption  so you cannot come and claim that I am the most corrupt,” said the furious governor.

Ms. Waiguru also invoked the names of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama in the saga.

The former Devolution and Planning CS said she will sue Ipsos as she did the duo when they linked her to the loss of Ksh791 million at the National Youth Service (NYS) during her stint in the Cabinet.

“ I sued him (Raila) and I gave him the opportunity to present the evidence which he claimed he had but I am yet to see the evidence in question upto date. I sued Muthama as well for the same reason that I will now sue Ipsos,” said Waiguru.

Ms. Waiguru challenged anyone with evidence linking her to graft to share it with the relevant investigative agencies including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) so that action can be taken.

The Ipsos report polled Deputy President William Ruto and Governor Waiguru as being perceived as the most corrupt leaders in Kenya at 33% and 31% respectively.

Ipsos Research Analyst Tom Wolf said they asked Kenyans who they considered to be the most corrupt leader in the country.

“Whereas former CS for Devolution and now Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru receives the most mentions in terms of being associated with a particular focus on corruption at the NYS, Deputy President William Ruto receives the most mentions in terms of current and past leaders perceived to be or to have been corrupt,” the analyst said during the unveiling of the report.


It will be interesting to see how it all pans out as the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) cleared Ms. Waiguru of any wrong doing in the loss of funds in February 2016 citing lack of evidence.

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