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NOC-K: We Did Not Mismanage Tokyo Funds

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has defended themselves from any corruption and mismanagement of funds at the concluded Tokyo Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan.

There was public outcry that there was funds mismanagement and top officials summoned to parliament to explain how the taxpayers money was used, NOC-K president Paul Tergat said that they have not misused any funds meant for athletes in Tokyo and their books are in order.

“We are clean and we have nothing to hide. Whatever you are seeing on social media buzz it will come to pass. For us, we are the most dependable team that Kenya has ever had,” said Tergat during the award ceremony of the Tokyo Olympians in Eldoret.

He added that since they were athletes and understood the welfare of athletes, they could not indulge in corruption deals that could sabotage athletes’ efforts in enjoying their sweat as well as killing their integrity.

“Majority of us who are leading this team are former athletes and we understand what it takes to be one. We cannot engage in funds mismanagement yet we were there during those days. We care much about athletes and that is why integrity had to come first before anything else,” said Tergat.

Waithaka Kioni who was the Chef De Mission, defended his move to Tokyo by avoiding carrying cash but allowed the ministry to deposit the amount in banks.

“Before heading to Tokyo, I was told to carry money in cash but my integrity could not allow me to do that and decided that the money should be deposited in a bank account, not me. I went there very clean and returned clean too,” said Kioni.

He added that he did that to avoid the devil of Rio de Janeiro to follow a reputable team to Tokyo.

This comes after the 2016 Rio de janeiro Games Chef de Mission Stephen Soi was jailed for mismanagement of funds meant for athletes. He was judged alongside former Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario.

Hassan Wario found guilty for misuse of Rio Olympic funds

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

Former National Olympic committee of Kenya official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office.

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office and misuse of public funds.

Former National Olympic committee of Kenya official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office.

Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma said the Prosecution had proven Wario had a role in the embezzlement of funds allocated to the NOCK) to oversee the welfare of Kenyan representatives to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The magistrate said there was wastage of money during the Rio fiasco and Wario did not have a mandate to allow the additional three people to travel as Team Kenya.

They are Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Edan Adow.

The report which was compiled by an investigation team led by Paul Ochieng, the Dean of Students at Strathmore University said, at least Sh88.6 million was reported to have been embezzled, an investigation ordered by the Sports ministry revealed in November 2016.

The courts, however, established that the then-Sports ministry officials couldn’t account for Sh54 million.

Wario will be detained at the Gigiri Police Station, pending his sentencing on Thursday, September 16.

All the other accused persons were also acquitted on the charges leveled against them for lack of sufficient evidence.

Former PS Richard Ekai is among those who were acquitted on Wednesday.

Others are Haron Komen, former director of administration at the Ministry of Sports, Francis Kinyili and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.

Court Summons Legendary Kipchoge Keino to face Graft Charges

The legendary and Kenya’s celebrated athlete Kipchoge Keino has been summoned to appear in court over the 2016 Rio Olympics scandal over misappropriation of Ksh.55 million.

Anti-Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed Keino a former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman to appear in court on Friday, (October 19) alongside ex Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario.

Keino and Wario, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, are set to face graft charges alongside other NOCK officials and Ministry of Sports officers  implicated in the misappropriation of funds that were set aside for the Rio Olympic games.

Keino and Wario were expected to appear in court on Monday together former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, the then Rio Games Chief De Mission Stephen Soi and NOCK Secretary General Francis Kinyili. To face graft charges but the duo were not available.

According to Keino, through his lawyer asked to be excused from Monday’s appearance because was out of the country and will be back on Thursday.

The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti issued an arrest warrant for Wario’s arrest through Interpol.