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Police raided Waiguru’s bedrooms in search of lost millions

Anti-corruption detectives on Tuesday raided the home of former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru in search of documents on the fraudulent payments worth millions of shillings at the National Youth Service.

The three investigators descended on her home in Kitisuru, Nairobi, Tuesday morning. They left late in the afternoon after searching the house for seven hours.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officers searched every part of the house in the fortified estate inhabited by the rich.

They even searched her children’s rooms.

LOOKING FOR PAPERS

They were looking for papers relating to her work in the ministry as well as in her previous jobs before she joined the Cabinet in 2013.

The raid came just a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled the Cabinet. Three days earlier, Ms Waiguru had resigned from the Cabinet, citing health reasons.

The National Youth Service lost Sh791 million through fraudulent payments to various companies.

Journalists were not allowed into Ms Waiguru’s home. They camped outside the gate for hours.

The former minister’s lawyer, Mr Ahmednasir Abdullahi, who appeared from the home around 2pm, told journalists that the officers were given permission to search all the rooms.

SEARCHED EVERYWHERE

“They searched everywhere. They went from one room to the other, and even to the children’s rooms,” said Mr Abdullahi.

He said he had learnt of the raid through the media Tuesday morning, and rushed to the home to see what was going on.

Ms Waiguru resigned following intense pressure from the Opposition and a section of MPs from the ruling Jubilee coalition following the revelation of the scandal.

President Kenyatta has since replaced her with former lawmaker Mwangi Kiunjuri, who is awaiting approval by Parliament before he assumes office.

On Tuesday, Mr Abdullahi said the detectives had done the search professionally and that the former CS had been cooperative, although she was not in the house at the time.

“They took some documents. We gave them what they needed.