Former PS, top sports officials charged over Rio Olympics scam

Written By: Mary Daraja
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National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Secretary General  Francis Kanyili Paul, former Sports Principal secretary Richard Ekai and  former NOCK Deputy Treasurer Stephen Soi were Monday morning arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi.

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They were arraigned over misappropriation of over KSh55 million during the 2016 Rio Olympics games in Brazil.

The three appeared before Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti.

The other suspects in the Rio Olympics scandal are former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, former NOCK President Kipchoge Keino, Harun Komen Chebet, former Director of Administration in the Sports Ministry and former Finance officer in the Sports Ministry Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.

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Wario and Keino have been ordered to appear in court on Friday, October 19.

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Wario, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, is set to face graft charges alongside other Ministry of Sports officials implicated in the misappropriation of funds that were set aside for the Rio Olympic games.

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The seven individuals are facing six counts of abuse of office, and four counts of wilful failure to comply with laws relating to the management of public funds.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said on Sunday that he is satisfied with the evidence provided against the seven individuals.

They are charged with making unauthorised payments, over-payment of allowances amounting to over Ksh15 million and purchasing tickets worth Ksh.22 million which were not used by athletes or officials in the trip that was full of joyriders.

 

 

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