Former Sports CS Wario, Soi found guilty over Rio fiasco


Former Sports CS Wario, Soi found guilty over Rio fiasco
Kenya's Sports Minister Hassan Wario addresses a news conference on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendations that judged Kenya as non-compliant with the WADA code, in the capital Nairobi, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Summary

  • Former Sports CS Hassan Wario on Wednesday was convicted of abuse of office over the siphoning off of funds meant for athletes who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • The court while convicting Wario said that he indeed took advantage of his office and had three individuals - Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Aden Adow - as late inclusions to Team Kenya and have allowances issued to them

Former Sports CS Hassan Wario on Wednesday was convicted of abuse of office over the siphoning off of funds meant for athletes who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The court while convicting Wario said that he indeed took advantage of his office and had three individuals – Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Aden Adow – as late inclusions to Team Kenya and have allowances issued to them.

According to the court the late inclusions contributed to confusion that resulted to loss of public funds.

“The additional names included after they closed the accreditation. Clearly this was an indicator that the three were not part of the Team Kenya,” the court ruled.

Magistrate Elizabeth Juma further noted that Wario did not have the mandate to allow the three travel to Rio.

Also convicted is Stephen Soi, who was the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) chef de mission for Rio. He had been charged with two counts of theft involving more than $252,000 and other related offences and has been convicted over five counts.

Part of the money was meant to meet accommodation costs for officials accompanying the Kenyan team in Rio de Janeiro, where Kenya enjoyed its most successful Olympics ever, winning six gold medals, six silvers and one bronze.

The two will be sentenced tomorrow

Four among them former Sports PS Richard Ekai were acquitted after court gave them a benefit of doubt.

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