Anne Waiguru


April 16, 1971






Married to lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo. She has two children.


Education: After her primary schooling, Ms Waiguru joined Precious Blood Birls Secondary school for her O-levels between 1984 and 1987 and Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi, where she sat for her A-Level exams in 1989. She joined Egerton University where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture and Home Economics. She also holds a Master's degree in Public Finance from the University of Nairobi.

Ms Waiguru is the governor of Kirinyaga County having been elected after her first attempt in elective politics. 

She started her career at Transparency International before moving to the Kenya Leadership Institute. Her career in public service started when she was hired as a consultant to provide technical assistance to the Public Service Reform Secretariat. She then served as the Head of Governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury.

In 2011, she was nominated as one of the Top 40 under 40 women in the country, the only nominee at the time from the Public Service. She was then promoted to head the directorate of Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS), and Head of Governance at the National Treasury.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed her Cabinet Secretary in charge of Devolution after he was declared the winner of the 2013 general election. She served until 2016 when she resigned under the weight of corruption allegations. 

In 2017 she was elected the second governor of Kirinyaga County and survived an impeachment attempt in 2019 amid allegations of corruption. 

She has also served as the vice chair of the Council of Governors.

Latest articles on Anne Waiguru:

  1. How Karua fixed my crown: From menial jobs to Kirinyaga assembly

    Caroline Wanjiku Muriithi is grateful that Narc Kenya leader held her hand without telling the world.

  2. Medical kits grind to a halt as contract ended

    County bosses express fears of many patients losing out or even dying as some contractors think they are being pushed out of new plan.

    President Ruto wants the contracts terminated.
  3. Amujae Leaders: How to succeed in politics

    Women’s participation in politics and governance has been increasing rather slowly in Africa.

  4. Prepare for top leadership, Sirleaf tells African women

    Former Liberian head of state was the first elected woman president in Africa.

  5. Waiguru sets up GBV desks in Kirinyaga hospitals

    Governor says sexual and gender-based violence cases are on the rise, hence the need for swift response.

  6. Waiguru wins award, launches campaign against cyberbullying

    Drive is in line with this year's International Women’s Day theme, which is ‘DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’

  7. Detractors won’t derail our agenda, say female governors

    County chiefs dismiss critics, say they will not relent in their efforts to improve livelihoods.

  8. Kirinyaga county repossess 250 acres 'grabbed' land

    Governor Anne Waiguru said her administration returned the prime land after a successful legal battle.

    Anne Waiguru
  9. Waiguru commissions modern market

    The governor said the market is a relief to about 500 traders who were selling their goods by the roadside.

    Anne Waiguru
  10. Anne Waiguru fights for Sh200m Kitisuru house

    She bought the house, situated at Waridi Gardens, from Kihingo Village Limited in September 2015.

    Anne Waiguru.
  11. Ten Kenyans recognised as Africa's most influential leaders

    The women are at the forefront breaking barriers in their careers, business and life pursuits

  12. To feed wildlife or dying humans?

    She urged the world to put loss and damage financing at the heart of the ongoing COP27.

  13. Waiguru to address 27th UN Conference on climate in Egypt

    Kirinyaga Governor will highlight how global community can support states, regions, to hasten fight against global warming

  14. Kamotho Waiganjo denied entry into 'County First Ladies' event

    Kamotho says he is keen on proposing changes to the name of the County First Ladies’ Association.

    Kamotho Waiganjo Anne Waiguru
  15. Waiguru gifts 410 ECDE teachers permanent jobs

    The lowest paid teacher will receive Sh22,000 while the highest will get Sh49,000 monthly pay.

    Anne Waiguru
  16. How fish farming is changing the lives of Kirinyaga residents

    The beneficiaries have testified that integrating fish farming has turned out to be a game changer in their farming practices.

    Kiamuruga pond fish
  17. Linturi: How Uhuru forced me to drop Waiguru motion

    Linturi said he signed the letter to withdraw the motion in the presence of the President.

    Anne Waiguru Uhuru Kenyatta
  18. Boost for Kirinyaga as UK to fund three key projects 

    British High Commissioner Jane Marriott said her government, through the Sustainable, Urban Economic Development (SUED) Programme, will fund rice husks and tomato processing.

    Anne Waiguru
  19. President Ruto orders opening of Wang’uru Stadium

    Maingi accused some officials from the former regime of delaying the opening the sports facility.

    President William Ruto


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