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Kipchoge Keino, Hassan Wario surrenders to police

Legendary runner Kipchoge Keino and former Sports Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario have obeyed court orders and this morning, they surrendered to police.

The duo were charged in a Nairobi Court for misappropriation of funds during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil.

Kipchoge keino at Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret in a past event Photo: Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

Keino and Wario with the later serving as the ambassador for Austria, were out of the country but today, after arriving in the country on Wednesday night they went to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations accompanied by their lawyers, according to police.

They surrendered alongside Haron Komen and Patrick Nkabu – all who are wanted over the Rio Olympics scandal in which Sh55 million was misappropriated.

Former Sports Principal Secretary Richard Ekai and two others were charged over the scandal last week and freed on a cash bail of Sh1 million each.

Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said he will issue warrants of arrest against them if they fail to present themselves to police.

Wario who publicly disbanded NOCK and handed over the duties to Sports Kenya when the scandal blew up just after the Rio games faces six counts of abuse of office.

He is accused of using his office improperly to confer a benefit of Sh1.5mn to one Adam Omar by including him in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Kenyan delegation team which travelled to Brazil leading to loss of public funds.

It is also alleged that he conferred the same amount to James Gitau Singh, Sh918,391 to Richard Abura, and Monica Nkina Sairo and a further Sh498,391 to Eunice Kerich and Samuel Njuguna.

Multiple Olympic Games gold medalist Keino faces a count of willful failure to manage public funds and abuse of office.

As the NOCK president, it is alleged that Keino authorized payment of Sh15.9mn as allowances to the Kenyan Team and abused his office by conferring a benefit of Sh2.5mn to his son Ian Kipchoge by including him to travel to the Rio games

Source: Capital Sports

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