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I have no KES 1.798M TV set in my office, says Waiguru

04 November 2015, 10:55 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Devolution Cabinet Secretary who is at the center of yet another scandal after fresh reports of wastage and misuse of public funds at her ministry emerged, Anne Waiguru, has come out to defend herself against any wrong doing.

On Tuesday a document ‘erroneously’ submitted to the Parliamentary Accounts Committee shocked MPs over the list of goods purchased by the ministry at inflated prices.

Among the items that were grossly inflated include; 18 condom dispensers at KES 450 000, meaning a piece went for KES 25 000, 20 fine-tipped ball pens at KES 174 000 (meaning each cost KES8 700) and a TV set for the CS office that cost a whopping KES 1.798 million.

But a defiant Waiguru Wednesday took to her Facebook page to exonerate herself, noting that she is not to blame for the exaggerated purchases.

She pointed out that she has no TV screen costing KES 1.798 million or piano in her office, lamenting that it is unfortunate that her fight against corruption has been turned to a witch hunt.

Read Also: Waiguru buys TV at 1.78 million, pens at 8,700 each

“The last three months have witnessed incessant media attacks on my character on the issue of corruption in the Ministry of Devolution and its agencies including the NYS. What is shocking is the deliberate refusal to recognize my role as a CS and that of officers who are either accounting officers or AIE holders in government departments,” Waiguru’s post reads in part.

“In both by law and in practice, I do not procure. I do not purchase anything for the ministry. I don't sign or negotiate contracts,” stressed the CS.

She wondered why the vicious attacks against her have continued yet she has not been found by authorities to be personally liable in engaging in corrupt deals.

“It's amazing that whereas there are similar and more serious allegations of misuse of funds in many government departments there is never the personalized level of attack on CSs that has been directed at me. Surely this is no longer about the fight against corruption. It's calculated evil, vindictive and ill intentioned,” said Waiguru, who noted that the attacks against her are distracting her work.

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