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. Online attacks on Koome call for heightened GBV war

    The Chief Justice has been a victim of sexist trolls following the Supreme Court decision on the presidential election petition.

    Chief Justice Martha Koome
  2. It’s an endless steeplechase for women political leaders

    As soon as you were done with one obstacle. another awaited.

  3. New dawn: Women's historic wins in year of firsts, shifting tides and upsets

    Number of women elected in the August 9 poll climbed up to 194 from 179 in 2017, out of which seven are governors

  4. Waiguru to take oath on Thursday 

    County Secretary Joe Muriuki said the ceremony will take place at Kimiigua Youth polytechnic.

    Anne Waiguru
  5. Ngirici vows to challenge Waiguru's win in court

    Ms Ngirici said she has enough evidence that there was massive rigging.

    Wangui Ngirichi
  6. How Gichugu votes saved Waiguru from Ngirici’s onslaught

    Ms Waiguru faced stiff competition from Ms Ngirici but she was saved by votes from Gichugu Constituency.

    Anne Waiguru
  7. Mt Kenya basks in glory after getting 3 women governors

    Those who emerged as winners in the male dominated race were Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Cecily Mbarire (Embu) and Kawira Mwangaza (Meru).

    Anne Waiguru
  8. Kirinyaga governor race: Waiguru in lead over Ngirici

    While IEBC is yet to declare the final tally, Waiguru's supporters poured onto the streets to celebrate.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
  9. Karua's final plea for Mt Kenya residents to back Raila for presidency

    She said Mr Odinga’s government would reform the health sector for the benefits of all Kenyans.

    Martha Karua
  10. Game of numbers: More women likely to win in poll

    The ball is in the voters’ court to actualise the two-thirds gender law that Parliament, courts couldn’t

  11. Kaharatí-Kangarí: The 43km ‘Múngíkí Road’ in Murang’a

    Road takes one to home villages of major power peddlers in the current government.

    Muthithi shopping centre
  12. Kiunjuri's party in a bruising battle to win seats in next week's polls

    TSP has fielded at least 15 parliamentary candidates in Central Kenya, with three others seeking to be elected on the party’s ticket in Nairobi and Samburu counties.

    Mwangi Kiunjuri
  13. Mt Kenya politicians adopt catchy phrases to woo voters

    Nyeri Senatorial candidate Wahome Mwangi, an Engineer, is better known as Wamatinga or tractors, a nickname borrowed from his road construction firm vehicles.

    Kirinyaga Woman Representative Purity Ngirici
  14. Ngirici secretly in Azimio, claims Waiguru

    Ngirici is vying as an independent candidate for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
  15. Kirinyaga coffee factories to get title deeds

    Kanjobe says grabbers have infiltrated lands meant for public facilities such as hospitals, stadiums and police stations.

    Kirinyaga Lands CEC Peter Kanjobe
  16. Ndambiri rejects Karua call for one Azimio candidate to face Waiguru

    He said the Narc-Kenya candidate should not expect to be given power on a silver platter.

  17. Azimio gangs up against Waiguru in governor's race

    Ms Karua said recently that Azimio is determined to bag many seats and it was keen on consensus building.

  18. Waiguru hosts bottom-up economic forum in Kirinyaga

    Waiguru says her administration will continue supporting farmers through Wezesha Kirinyaga economic empowerment programme.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
  19. Goons attack and eject MCA candidate from Gachagua's event

    Drama unfolded as the Karumandi ward seat hopeful was roughed up.

  20. Waiguru roots for Ruto in Mt Kenya

    Kirinyaga governor says the Azimio campaign team "knows very well they won’t defeat Ruto in the region”.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru addressing supporters


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