Kipchoge Keino, Hassan wario to be charged for funds misappropriation

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario with other top officials will face prosecution over mismanagement of Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Wario, together with former Principal Secretary of Sports Richard Ekai, Former national Olympics Committee chairman Kipchoge Keino and Chief de Mission Stephen Soi will be charged for misusing kshs 55 million during the games.

Hassan Wario, Chan, Africa Nations Championships, Eunice Kerich
Hassan Warion with Uasin Gishu Sports CEO Eunice Kerich at Kipchoge Keino stadium. Photo Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

On Saturday, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji in a statement said the 4 together with Harun Komen (Former Director of Administration, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts), Francis Kanyili (Secretary General, NOCK), Patrick Kimathi (Former Finance Officer, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts) should face the six counts of abuse of office and 4 counts of willful failure to comply with laws relating to the management of public funds contrary to the Anti-Corruption and Economics Crimes Act.

Ekai has already been arrested by detectives as the process of arraigning them continues.

The DPP statement states that the seven may have overseen the embezzlement of Sh22.4mn, purchase of air tickets which were not utilized amounting to Sh16.8mn, overpayment of allowances amounting to Sh15.9mn and incurring expenditure on unauthorized persons amounting to Sh6.5mn

Haji has given the seven up to Monday to surrender themselves to the Director of Criminal Investigation Headquarters.

The DPP has also directed the Asset Recovery Agency to begin recovery of public funds which was used by the suspects in unlawfully facilitating unauthorized individuals with air tickets and allowances to travel to Rio.

The DCI has further been directed to commence investigations into donations made to the NOCK and contracts between NOCK and NIKE and the utilization of monies realized there from.

In 2016, Wario, then Sports CS, set up a probe team which revealed that top officials in the Sports ministry had embezzled Sh88mn meant for air tickets to the games and recommended the prosecution of those found culpable

Source: Capital Sports

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