National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials and senior Kenyan government officers were arraigned in court over embezzlement of monies meant for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
NOCK Secretary General F.K Paul, former NOCK’s assistant treasurer Stephen Arap Soi appeared in court on Monday to face six counts of abuse of office and four counts of willful failure to comply with the law relating to the management of public funds.
Others are former Sports Principle Secretary Richard Ekai and two ex-senior officials in the ministry.
Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogot denied graft charges arising from the Sh55 million Rio Olympics scandal.
The were also charged with embezzlement of Sh22.5 million, Sh16.8 million in underutilised air tickets, Sh15.9 million in overpaid allowances, and Sh6.5 million expenditure on unauthorised persons.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) approved their prosecution citing sufficient evidence to warrant the same.
“Upon independent review and consideration of evidence contained in the inquiry file, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to charge the above suspects for misappropriation of over Sh55 million,” said.the DPP Noordin Haji.
They were released on a Sh2 million bond each or Sh1 million bail.
However, legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino a former NOCK chairman and the the then Sports minister Hasan Wario now serving as Kenya’s ambasadeur in Austria did not appear as they are out of the country.