RIO OLYMPICS

Ex-Sports CS Wario found guilty of abuse of office in Rio case

The magistrate said there was wastage of money during the Rio games planning.

In Summary

• Former Nock official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures.

• Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Wednesday said Wario took advantage of his office

Former Sports CS Hassan Wario in court on September 15, 2021.
Former Sports CS Hassan Wario in court on September 15, 2021.
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Former Sports CS Hassan Wario has been found guilty of abuse of office, that led to loss of public funds during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Former Nock official Stephen Soi was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office.

Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Wednesday said Wario took advantage of his office and added an additional three people to the list of Team Kenya and had them paid allowances yet he had no mandate to do so.

The magistrate said there was wastage of money during the Rio fiasco and Wario did not have a mandate to allow the additional three people to travel as Team Kenya.

They are Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Edan Adow. 

Wario was however acquitted on the charge of engaging in a project without planning.

The planning was for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

All the other accused persons were also acquitted on the charges levelled against them for lack of sufficient evidence.

Former PS Richard Ekai is among those who were acquitted on Wednesday.

Others acquitted are Haron Komen, former director of administration at the Ministry of Sports, Francis Kinyili and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.

Wario and Soi will be remanded at Gigiri police station pending mitigation and sentencing on Thursday.

Francis Paul, Former Sports PS Richard Ekai, Harun Komen and ex-finance officer Patrick Nkabu celebrate after being acquitted of the corruption charges before magistrate Elizabeth Juma at Milimani law courts on September 15,2021.
Francis Paul, Former Sports PS Richard Ekai, Harun Komen and ex-finance officer Patrick Nkabu celebrate after being acquitted of the corruption charges before magistrate Elizabeth Juma at Milimani law courts on September 15,2021.
Image: ENOS TECHE