Former NOCK official Soi arrested in connection to 2016 Rio scandal


Team Kenya chef-de-mission, Stephen arap Soi follows proceedings during the second day of grilling by ...
(FILE)Team Kenya chef-de-mission, Stephen arap Soi follows proceedings during the second day of grilling by the Parliamentary Departmental Committee for Labour and Social Services in Nairobi on Wednesday. PHOTO/Charity Wanja

In Summary

  • Former NOCK assistant treasurer Stephen Soi is being held at the Muthaiga Police Station after he was arrested on Friday in connection to the 2016 Rio Olympics financial scam.
  • Soi was arrested in Narok by CIDs from Bomet and driven to the DCI headquarters in Nairobi.

Former NOCK assistant treasurer Stephen Soi is being held at the Muthaiga Police Station after he was arrested on Friday in connection to the 2016 Rio Olympics financial scam.

Soi was arrested in Narok by CIDs from Bomet and driven to the DCI headquarters in Nairobi.

Confirming the arrest, Soi’s lawyer Kimutai Bosek said: “Yes, he’s been arrested.He is in Muthaiga Police Station. The prosecution seems to losing its head…You don’t re-arrest somebody who is out on bail.”

“These(CIDS) are people who like arresting people at the weekend so that they can be guests of the State for at least two nights so that they can feel good about it,”Bosek said.

“The prosecution are persecuting my client, they are subjecting him to double jeopardy…He is already subject to court proceedings…The best they can do is to go to court and amend the charges.This is unconstitutional because my client is entitled to a fair court process.’

Bosek however said that his client was innocent, poking holes at claims by the prosecution that his client could have been involved in the Ksh. 88 million flight scam.

The Games Probe Committee, in its investigations, realised that the Ministry of Sports  had penned a deal with a travel agency for air tickets for Team Kenya for a  much higher price that  Kenya Airways had offered.

Soi was Kenya’s Chef de Mission during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games that was dogged by numerous allegations including misappropriation of funds and kit fiasco.

Detectives are also in the hunt of other officials who have been adversely mentioned in the saga.

Soi is expected to be arraigned on Monday at the Milimani Law Courts.

Sources however intimated to Citizen Digital that also likely to be arrested are two top senior government officials under whose watch the scandal was unearthed, revealing shocking details of lost monies running into tens of millions.

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