Team Kenya chef-de-mission Stephen Soi has been charged with stealing KSh 25.6 million from the Government, National Olympics Committee-Kenya and Athletics Kenya on Wednesday.
The enormous amount of money which Mr Soi is charged for stealing was meant for the accommodation of Athletics Kenya officials in Brazil. He denied the charges against him at Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts.
National Olympics Committee-Kenya VP, Pius Ochieng and Secretary General, Francis Kinyili Paul also appeared in court. They answered charges of fraudulent acquisition of Team Kenya’s kit from Nike, which they also denied.
Mr Stephen Soi is regarded by many as the mastermind behind the whole ordeal. Team Kenya athletes were forced to survive in rough condition in Rio, which hampered the performance of the team.
Mr Ochieng and Mr Paul failed to make inventory of kits Nike donated to the Kenyan team that participated in the Rio Olympic Games.
The prosecution had previously asked the court to stop the officials from accessing their offices at NOCK headquarters in Nairobi in order not to interfere with investigations and contact witnesses.
Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo however lifted the order at the request of the defense team. He however declined to release their passports as the case continues.
Magistrate Ogembo said:
”I find merit and need of their passports to be deposited in court and they can always apply to the court to have them temporarily if need to travel arises.”
The three men were freed on a KSh 1 million bond each with an alternative cash bail of Sh200,000.
Court proceedings will resume on October 24.