Affiliate federations want NOCK accounts audited

Part of the Team Kenya Nike kit for the Rio 2016 Olympics. PHOTO/Charity Wanja
Part of the Team Kenya Nike kit for the Rio 2016 Olympics. PHOTO/Charity Wanja

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) affiliate federations led by Chairman, Waithaka Kioni, want NOCK accounts audited as part of the actions they have set out to take in order to restore the integrity of the body.

In a press briefing held on Friday at a Nairobi Hotel, the affiliates added that they will record statements with the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), and the Criminal Investigations Directorate over abuse of office, misuse of funds, ownership of NOCK assets, mismanagement of its property and illegal withholding of the Nike kit.

They also accused NOCK Secretary General, FK Paul, of sabotaging its constitutional review process by disregarding the steps made so far for selfish interests.

According to the affiliates FK had backstabbed them by claiming that although NOCK executives were aware the committee had made considerable progress in the review process, they had not granted them the permission to make the draft public.

They vowed to continue with the review process as outlined in their timeline and invite International Olympics Committee (IOC) to send a team of investigators to the country to investigate the conduct of NOCK officials and audit the use of funds received for the affiliate programs.

“We are prepared to take action that will redeem NOCK as a credible, transparent and athlete-centered institution even if our actions are considered unpalatable to the IOC, even if they ban us then let it be,” Interim Secretary, Andrew Mudibo, charged.

The affiliates will further initiate a forensic audit of all NOCK accounts and assets and release the findings to the public for transparency and accountability.

The key amendments proposed and agreed by the NOCK Constitution Review Committee are two-pronged nomination of candidates for elected positions, nomination by their own federation seconded by one other affiliate federation and two-term limit for the officials of the executive committee in alignment with the Sports act, 2013.

Also in the review is a proposal to establish an independent electoral board to oversee the electoral congress which must be set up at least a month before elections date.

In this case, elections are scheduled to take place on December 3.

In the elections amendments, the NOCK executive members shall be denied voting and the Chairman’s right to cast vote in the event of a tie to decide the winner in an electoral congress will be withdrawn, while a run-off between two candidates with the highest number of votes is proposed to be take effect.

Among the federations represented in the Thursday’s briefing were Rugby, Hockey, Rowing, and Tennis.

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