Ex-Sports PS, two others deny graft charges;Wario ordered to surrender

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Former sports officials Francis Kanyili Paul, Stephen Soi, Richard Ekai were arraigned in Court on Monday
Former sports officials Francis Kanyili Paul, Stephen Soi, Richard Ekai were arraigned in Court on Monday

Former Sports CS and Kenya’s ambassador to Austria Hassan Wario, former NOCK chairperson Kipchoge Keino, former Director of Administration in the Sports Ministry Harun Komen and former Sports Ministry Finance Officer Patrick Kimathi have been ordered by the anti-corruption court to surrender to the police before Thursday 6:00am, over the Rio Olympics scandal after failing to appear in court. On Monday, former Sports PS and Kenya’s ambassador to Russia Richard Ekai, former deputy treasurer NOCK Stephen Soi and former NOCK secretary general Francis Kanyili appeared before chief magistrate¬†Douglas Ogoti and pleaded not guilty to the graft charges in the same case.

The Director of Public Prosecutions on Saturday said that there is sufficient evidence to charge the seven accused suspects for misappropriation of over Kshs 55 million, money meant to cater for the athletes during the Rio Olympics. He said after the DCI received a report on December 2016 from Kenyan athletes on an alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the team in Rio, Brazil, the DCI office undertook investigations and established that various offences were committed in the manner in which the funds allocated for the Rio Olympic games were managed.

The DPP said the inquiry file was re-submitted to his office by the DCI with recommendations to charge the seven officials. The DPP said the seven could have overseen the embezzlement of Kshs 22.5 million, incurring expenditure on unauthorized persons amounting to Kshs 6.59 million, purchase of air tickets which were not utilized amounting to Kshs 16.8 million, and overpayment of allowances amounting to Kshs 15.9 million.