FORMER SPORTS CABINET SECRETARY WARIO FOUND GUILTY IN THE RIO OLYMPIC SCANDAL

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been found guilty of corruption in connection with 2016 Rio Olympics and is facing a possible 10-year jail term.

Also found guilty was his counterpart, Ex-National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) official Stephen Soi over the Kshs. 55million funds which were meant for funding Kenyan athletes.

The scandal involved siphoning of millions of shillings at the expense of Kenya’s athletes who were competing at the prestigious world games.

In her judgment anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Juma, found the former CS guilty of abusing his office to improperly confer benefits to three people by including them in the delegation that travelled to Brazil in July 2016. The three beneficiaries were not part of the delegation, yet they ended up as part of Team Kenya.

The CS was also found guilty of occasioning loss of Kshs.9.7 million for authorising cancellation of air tickets. In addition, he unlawfully authorised purchase of unutilised air tickets amounting to Kshs.19.5 million and allowed payment of Kshs.4.9 million for the air tickets, leading to loss of more public funds.

The NOCK official Soi was found guilty of conferring a benefit of Kshs.1.9 million paid to two people as allowances to travel to Brazil, resulting in loss of public funds. The retired police officer was also found guilty of abuse of office by conferring a benefit of Kshs. 5.3 million to four persons to travel to Brazil.

The court however acquitted former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, Haron Komen (former Director of Administration at the Ministry), Francis Paul (former Secretary General NOCK) and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu (former Finance Officer).

CS Wario joins a growing list of top public officials found guilty of corruption related charges involving loss of millions of public funds and misuse of their positions.

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