Committee wants forensic audit on Nock Rio funds

Committee wants forensic audit on Nock Rio funds
Part of the kit confiscated from the Nairobi apartment of Nock vice-president and Team Kenya Deputy Head of Mission, Ben Ekumbo. PHOTO/Charity Wanja

The Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare and Labour has recommended the Auditor General to undertake a detailed forensic audit on funds used to facilitate the Team Kenya for the Summer Games and table a report before the appropriate Committee of the National Assembly within three months.

The Committee also asked the Ministry of Sports Art and Culture to account for the KSh1billion set aside for sports activities for the rewarding of athletes that participated in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

In the report, the decision by Sports Cabinet Secretary Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Hassan Wario to disband the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock) was perceived as a warranted move.

However, they urged Wario quickly seek an end to the stalemate between the Ministry and Nock and fast-track implementation of the Agreement reached at Lausanne, Switzerland and ensure that elections of Nock are conducted before 31st, December 2016.

“The disbandment of Nock was justified as Nock was using taxpayer’s money. The total budget for the Rio Olympics was Kshs584M out of which Ksh84M was funded by Nock and Ksh500M by the Government of Kenya. Out of the Ksh500M, Ksh376M was spent in accommodation, allowances, tickets and accreditations.

“Kshs. 29M was transferred to NOCK on requisition by NOCK as guided by the Olympic Charter towards accreditation and accommodation and the money was paid in full by September and October, 2015 and January, 2016. The Chef De Mission carried the Kshs. 29,829,000 (in dollars) to Rio in hard cash and had a balance of Kshs. 8,634,100.” Part of the report read.

Although the Committee acknowledged that NOCK is an independent and ‘autonomous’ institution formulated under the IOC Charter, the Cabinet Secretary had disbanded it based on various reasons.

“It is the Kenyan public that constitutes NOCK and therefore it should be guided by the laws of the land which include the Constitution of Kenya, Sports Act, Public Officers Ethics Act, Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act amongst others.

“While NOCK was preparing for the Olympics games it did so under the Steering Committee constituted by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts (MOSCA) and at that point it was acting as a Public body or Office.

“Under Article 73, 1(a) of the constitution titled ‘Authority assigned to a state officer’ and Chapter Six of the Constitution on ‘Integrity and leadership’ and Chapter nine of the Constitution titled ‘The Executive’provides that the Government has powers to intervene in matters overriding public interest.

“A reading of 129(1) and (2) as well as 130 (1) of the Sports Act shows that the Cabinet Secretary has executive authority to take action against any sporting organization for the public good.” The report added.

Speaking to Citizen Digital in an earlier interview, Nock secretary general Francis Kinyili Paul confirmed that the Minister is holding on to their Interim Certificate and that its one of the issues that they had hoped to resolve after the visit of the Association of National Olympics Committee for Africa (ANOCA) President Lassana Palenfo.

“NOCK had registered with the Registrar of Sports on 25th June, 2015 and was issued with an interim certificate No. 63. However, they had not provided their Constitution, Strategic Plan and a certificate of good conduct for their members.”

The Committee also noted that the disbandment posed the risk of Kenya being suspended by IOC and potentially missing out on the attendant benefits of membership.

The report comes just three days after the Rio Probe Committee released their findings.

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