Court denies Ekumbo bail as investigations continue

Nock and KSF boss Ben Kaburi Ekumbo in court on Tuesday, November 28, 2016 where he was ...
Nock and KSF boss Ben Kaburi Ekumbo in court on Tuesday, November 28, 2016 where he was denied bail and remanded until December 6, 2016. PHOTO/Dzuya Walter

National Olympics Committee-Kenya (Nock) and Kenya Swimming Federation boss Ben Kaburi Ekumbo will remain in police custody until Tuesday next week after a Nairobi court dismissed his bail application to allow police complete investigations against him.

Milimani Law Courts magistrate Joyce Gandani declined to release him on bail pending trial with the prosecution maintaining they were currently investigating serious charges of sexual molestation of minors against Ekumbo at KSF.

Ekumbo has denied two charges related to theft of Team Kenya kit and misappropriation of money meant for the squad from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts related to the Rio 2016 scandal.

According to the charge sheet; it is alleged that on the 25 of July 2016 at KCB University Way Branch jointly with others not before court he conspired to steal USD 10,500 (Over Ksh1m) property of the ministry.

He faces another count of stealing by agent where it is alleged that on unknown dates at Nock’s Plaza 2000 headquarters along Mombasa Road in Nairobi he stole sports uniform.

The case will be mentioned on December 6.

Ekumbo was arrested last Monday under his bed at his Nairobi apartment following a raid by Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers.

He first appeared in court last Tuesday where he was remanded in custody until Friday when he denied the two charges.

Ekumbo who looked polished as opposed to his other court appearance in a dark suit, white shirt and blue dotted tie with well combed hair was appearing in court hoping to be set free on bail but the prosecution argued he was a flight risk and would interfere with witness if granted bail.

Francis Paul (Secretary General), Team Kenya Head of Mission for Rio 2016 Stephen arap Soi and second Vice-chairman, Pius Ochieng are other Nock officials out on bail pending hearing of charges related to misappropriation of funds and theft of kit belonging to Team Kenya.

Another, Treasurer Fridah Shiroya was first arrested then released and is now a State Witness.

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