DPP Directs Arrest of Hassan Wario and Kipchoge Keino
Former Sports cabinet secretary Hassan Ali Wario and six other ministry officials are facing prosecution over embezzlement of KSh 55 million meant for Kenyan athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has directed the prosecution of former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, former NOCK Chairman Kipchoge Keino and Head of Delegation Stephen Soi be charged over misappropriation of Sh55 million in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In a statement the Noodin said the four together with Harun Komen (Former Director of Administration, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts), Francis Kanyili (Former 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.
The DPP statemt read in part, “Upon independent review and consideration of the evidence contained in the inquiry file, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to charge the above-named suspects for misappropriation of over Kshs 55 million for the following offences:-
a. Six counts of abuse of office contrary to section 46 as read with section 48(1) of the anti corruption and economic crimes act no 3 of 2003
b. Four counts of Willful failures to comply with laws relating to the management of public funds, contrary to section 45(2)(b) as read with section 48 of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003”.
The DPP has given the seven up to Monday to surrender themselves to the Director of Criminal Investigation Headquarters.
Noordin Hajii 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 directorrate of criminal investigation 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.
Former NOCK official Stephen Soi was arrested in connection to the Rio 2016 Olympics financial scandal on Friday night and is being held at the Muthaiga Police Station.
Close to Ksh16.9 Million of public funds were lost after the officials procured tickets that were never used in the Olympics. The officials also spent about Ksh6.6 Million on unauthorized persons, most of whom were relatives of NOCK officials.
The DPP’s office also directed for the recovery of resources spent on the unauthorised persons through the asset recovery agency.
In 2016, Soi admitted that he carried Ksh25 Million cash to Rio to cater for medicine and accommodation for the participants