Former CS Wario, Ekai to be charged over Rio 2016 scam, DPP Haji says


Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario, speaks during the 2016 Barclays ...
(FILE) Then Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario, speaks during the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open Championship at the Karen Country and Golf Club on March 20, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The officials are accused of among other things; purchase of air tickets which were not utilized.
  • Overpayment of allowances amounting to over Ksh.15M and incurring expenditure on unauthorized persons amounting to over Ksh.6M.
  • DPP Haji now says that he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to charge the officials with the misappropriation of over Ksh.55M.

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, ex- Sports PS Richard Ekai and former NOCK boss Kipchoge Keino will now face charges of misappropriation of Rio Olympics 2016 funds.

In a statement, the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji indicated that the suspects will face six counts of abuse of office and four counts of willful failure to comply with laws relating to the management of public funds.

The officials are accused of among other things; purchase of air tickets which were not utilized, overpayment of allowances amounting to over Ksh.15M and incurring expenditure on unauthorized persons amounting to over Ksh.6M.

DPP Haji now says that he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to charge the officials with the misappropriation of over Ksh.55M.

The other officials implicated in the Rio scam include; Harun Komen Chebet, Former Director of Administration, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Stephen Kiptanui Arap Soi, Chief De Mission, Deputy Treasurer, NOCK, Patrick Kimathi Nkabu, Former Finance Officer, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino, Former President/ Chairperson , NOCK and Francis Kanyili Paul. Former Secretary General, NOCK.

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