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Letter claiming Waiguru off the hook stirs up social media

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 social media on Sunday.

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.

We 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 in the afternoon, Mr Michael Mubea, EACC chief 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, Mr Ahmednasir Adbullahi, said he was aware of the existence of the letter exonerating his client.