Anne Waiguru, who also chairs the Council of Governors (CoG), is currently serving her second term as Governor of Kirinyaga.
She previously served in former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration as a Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning. It was during this time that she was infamously implicated in the National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal, where millions in taxpayer funds were lost. Waiguru has, however, vehemently denied claims of involvement in corruption.
Away from her controversial public-facing life, Waiguru is a businesswoman in her own right, with interests spread across real estate and hospitality among other sectors. In this article, Business Today offers a sneak peek into her empire.
Buildings in Mlolongo
Among the largest investments in Waiguru’s portfolio is commercial real estate located along Mombasa Road in the bustling Mlolongo town, in Machakos County. She disclosed in 2018 that she had taken out a Ksh50 million loan to fund the construction of the development.
“I took a loan of Ksh50 million in 2013,” she stated. She has denied claims of owning commercial property in the Nairobi CBD.
The Guvnor’s House
The Guvnor’s House is a luxury resort located in Kirinyaga county. Styled as an out of town resort ideal for a serene weekend getaway, the resort was previously a home occupied by the Governor.
It was converted into a resort with numerous amenities, green space and fun activities for guests including kayaking.
It costs up to Ksh17,000 to spend a weekend at the resort.
Waiguru owns a mansion in Nairobi’s Kitisuru neighborhood, in the exclusive Kihingo Village gated community.
She also owns another mansion in the upmarket Runda neighborhood in Nairobi. The mansion sits in close proximity to diplomatic offices in a highly secure area.
Waiguru states that she acquired the Runda mansion before joining the Cabinet.
Waiguru has previously disclosed that she owns parcels of land including half an acre in Lukenya, Machakos County and another half acre in Sagana.