Kenya minister resigns after corruption allegations

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2015 11:20 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's planning minister said Saturday she is resigning her position for health reasons after allegations of corruption surfaced.

Anne Waiguru said her doctor had advised her to ask to be relieved of her duties at the Devolution and Planning Ministry, which is being investigated for squandering funds.

" I have therefore, following my doctor's advice, requested the president to relieve me of the responsibilities of the cabinet secretary for devolution and planning and if he find fit, to accord me lighter duties as he shall find appropriate," she said.

The Public Accounts Committee, a parliamentary watchdog, has launched investigations into the ministry after the auditor general raised questions over spending.

Waiguru admitted that $7,750,000 was lost to dubious contracts. Two top officials in the ministry have been charged with attempting to convince another official not to report the loss of the money.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has come under criticism for not suspending Waiguru as he did with five other ministers accused of graft earlier this year. An opposition politician alleged the president was protecting the minister because they were having an affair.

Kenyatta was quoted by The Star Newspaper this week denying the allegation.

Corruption is a major problem in Kenya. Transparency International ranked it 145 out of 174 countries in its 2014 corruption perception index.