Court drama as confusions mars Nock officials’ case

Nock officials, Francis K Paul and Pius Ochieng confer when they appeared before Milimani Law ...
Nock officials, Francis K Paul and Pius Ochieng confer when they appeared before Milimani Law Courts. PHOTO/Eric Kagunda

Confusion has marred the four National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials’ case putting the court in a dilemma on how to proceed with the 2016 Rio scandal case.

This emerged when the prosecution exhibited confusion in an open court as to the whereabouts of the main enquiry files that is said to have witness statements and documentary exhibits.

The magistrate was taken by surprise after a co-investigating officer in the matter told the court that he was handed the matter halfway and was not in the position to clearly state whether the case has registered all the witnesses or not because the main file has been in possession of the lead prosecutor in the matter-Mr Duncan Ondimu, statement which made the court summon lead investigator in the matter-Chief inspector Mike Muya to shade more light.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi protested that the prosecution is taking the court time for a ride when they say that they have supplied defence with all the witnesses statements sentiments denied by the defense.

Defense counsels told the court that they only have been supplied with witness statements belonging to the accused persons surprising the court that the accused are expected to testify against themselves and against each other.

In the matter Four National Olympics Council of Kenya (NOCK) Officials were charged with theft of multi millions and sports regalia linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The four are Pius Ochieng, Francis Kanyiri Paul and the head of Mission Stephen Arap Soi and Bernard Ekumbo.

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