Kenya Olympic Committee Officials Arraigned Over Rio Scandal


Kenya’s National Olympic Committee officials have been arraigned in connection to the scandal surrounding team Kenya in Rio.

General Team Manager Pius Ochieng and Secretary General Francis Kanyiri are to appear in court to answer claims of abuse of office and theft.

As previously reported, Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto was sent to Rio during the games amid concerns of rising tensions within the team.

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Team Kenya’s great showing was overshadowed by the mismanagement of resources by the National Olympic Committee, reports say.

Among numerous issues was the availability of kits, the accreditation of non athletes and non members of the technical team to the games at the expense of the coaches, proper accommodation and owed allowances.

The suspects were later released on a KSh 200,000 cash bail although the prosecution applied for the suspects to be detained.

Olympic Committee Officials

The prosecution claimed that they were a flight risk and would interfere with investigations since a number of officials were not back in the country.

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In Parliament, a group of MP’s championed by Homa Bay’s Peter Kaluma and Wesley Korir of Cherangany have drafted a motion to impeach the Sports Cabinet Secretary, Hassan Wario.

CS Wario is wanted out on grounds of incompetence and mismanagement of the country’s sports sector.

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MP Peter Kaluma said in a statement that:

“All sports departments including volleyball, football, Athletics Kenya, Nock among others are under his charge” ”Under his watch, he has allowed corrupt practices by Nock and multi-sectoral parties running sports. It is unethical and incompetence amounting to gross misconduct.”

The MPs claim to have collected 127 signatures in support of the impeachment motion. They would however require 177 signatures for the motion to pass.