FORMER SPORTS CABINET SECRETARY, HASSAN WARIO SENTENCED TO JAIL OVER CORRUPTION

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary has been sentenced to a six-year jail term after he was found guilty of abuse of office. The CS was however given given an option to pay a Ksh3.6 million fine failure to which he will serve the jail term.

Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Juma, found the former CS, and his co-accused guilty of using their positions in contravention of the law.

His co-accused, former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) official, Stephen Soi, was sentenced to a serve ten years or pay a fine of Ksh103 million after he was found guilty in five counts of corruption.
The two were found guilty of the corruption charges which were committed in 2016 during the Olympics games in Rio, Brazil.

The CS was convicted for approving the travel of three people who were not in the list of delegates who travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the games. The Magistrate said that the CS allowed the three to be awarded allowances as part of Team Kenya.

Despite arguing that it was necessary for the two officials to travel to counter negative publicity, the Magistrate said that the negative image was created by the actions of the two officials and emerged after the successful games.
The two were accused of causing loss of a good amount of public funds, which brought a bad image.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, sought a stiff sentence due to the amounts involved in order to act as a deterrence, by holding the accused persons responsible, and also restore faith in the justice system in Kenya.

The two are, however, allowed to appeal the sentence within 14 days.

The sentence has been welcomed for the speedy disposal as many corruption cases have been dragging in courts for many years.

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