Francis Paul has resigned as the National Olympics Committee (NOC-K) secretary General over Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games fiasco.
Paul’s NOCK’s deputy secretary General Francis Mutuku will assume the roles of secretary general in acting capacity until the graft charges case facing Paul is concluded.
Paul stepped aside after being arraigned in court to face charges of abuse of office over the 2016 Rio Olympics in a letter addressed to the NOCK President Dr Paul Tergat.
“Our secretary General, requested for a leave of absence to face court charges and the NOCK executive committee accepted it,” said Tergat.
Tergat said that NOCK shall wait to the conclusion of the matters and trust that all parties facing allegations shall have their day in court.
Paul was arraigned on October 15th, before the Anti-Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti for abuse of office and Rio Olympics funds mismanagement.
Others in the dock are former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hasan Wario, the ministry’s ex Principle Secretary Richard Ekai, Rio Olympics Chef de Mission Stephen Arap Soi.
Others are former Director of Administration in the Ministry of Sports Haroun Komen and the ministry’s former Finance Officer Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.
The charges facing the Kenyan sports officials include making unauthorised payments, over-payment of allowances and purchasing tickets worth US$220,000, which were not used by athletes or officials in the trip to Rio, which saw several genuine athletes miss air ticket and training kits.