Kenya’s former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru could be barred from again holding public office after lawmakers adopted a report by the Public Accounts Committee recommending that she undergo further investigations and a lifestyle audit over the National Youth Service scandal.

Waiguru was forced to resign from cabinet in late 2015 and was subjected to parliamentary and ethics inquiries. She is now vying for the Kirinyaga governor seat on a Jubilee ruling party ticket.

At least Sh1.2 billion was lost in the scandal, according to Kenya’s auditor-general, involving payments for phantom supplies, double payments on the same invoice, overpayments and outright theft.

As reported by The Daily Nation this morning, the Public Accounts Committee have dealt a blow to Waiguru’s renewed political ambitions by recommending that she be “barred from holding public office, if found guilty after due process, in light of her overall leadership failures at the ministry.”

The lawmaker further referred to the constitution’s Article 73, saying she had contravened its provisions that a state officer must “bring honour to the nation and dignity to the office and promote public confidence in the integrity of the office.”

Waiguru is facing NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua and the incumbent Joseph Ndathi who is running on an independent ticket for the governorship. She has expressed confidence about her chances of winning. “Kirinyaga is a Jubilee Zone and those competing with us in those other small parties will be defeated,” Waiguru said previously.

Separately, the National Integrity Alliance included Waiguru on a list of names that it presented to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday, asking the body to ban the group from the August election over integrity issues.

“The list was informed by reports from credible institutions and we have looked at the cases that are active in court,” said the activists’ leader Samuel Kimeu.

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