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Rio Scandal Director of Public Prosecution to decide CS Wario’s fate over Kenya Olympics millions theft

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Last month, the DPP recommended that Dr Wario and Mr Ekai be charged with abuse of office over the loss of the millions related to the Rio Olympics.

Sports CS Hassan Wario (middle) and his PS Richard Ekai ( rght) addresses the Labour Committee of the National Assemble on Rio Olympics fiasco at Parliament Buildings. play Sports CS Hassan Wario (middle) and his PS Richard Ekai ( rght) addresses the Labour Committee of the National Assemble on Rio Olympics fiasco at Parliament Buildings. (Moses Omusula)

The fate of Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and his Principal Secretary now lies with the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko over the multi-million scandal that rocked Kenya’s Olympic Games campaign last year.

According to the Daily Nation, State Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu, told Milimani Law Courts chief magistrate Francis Andayi that immediately DPP Keriako Tobiko receives the investigation report from the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, he will make “a decision whether to prosecute them or treat them as prosecution witnesses against the four National Olympic

Last month, the DPP recommended that Dr Wario and Mr Ekai be charged with abuse of office over the loss of the millions related to the Rio Olympics.

Forced to step aside

Should the duo be charged, they will be forced to step aside until they clear their names – reminiscent of the way other CSs were pushed out of the cabinet last year over various cases of corruption after investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

play President Uhuru Kenyatta hands over the national flag to Team Kenya athletes at State House, Nairobi, on July 22, 2016. (Nation Media Group)

 

President Kenyatta has already said that the investigators should be left to conclude their investigations.

“We’re waiting for due process to be done. A report has been done and the investigating authorities are doing their work. We will take action when the process is complete,” the President said.

Police already have questioned CS Wario and other senior officials in the ministry over the disappearance of the millions.

Rio report

The report by the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games Probe Committee accuses Kenya’s steering committee for the games of abdicating its work and allowing the plundering of resources and mismanagement by Olympic officials.

play ports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario (centre) receives the Rio 2016 Probe Committee report from the team’s chairman Paul Ochieng in Nairobi last year. (Nation Media Group)

 

Dr Ekai was the chairman of the steering committee, which was expected to meet at least 10 times to prepare Kenya’s participation at the Olympics, but ended up meeting only twice.

The report recommended an audit on how the ministry paid for venue entrance tickets and meals from an imprest budget for members of Parliament and other government officials, yet they had already been paid their allowances by the National Assembly and respective ministries.

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