Sports CS Wario may have to resign if charged with Rio mess

By KBC SportsDesk

Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario and his Principal Secretary Richard Ekai will be forced to step aside for investigations by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chair Bishop Eliud Wabukala if the two are charged in court.

This is after the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko ordered for their prosecution for abuse of office in connection with the Rio scandal that led to disbandment of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

Barely one month after prosecution of top National Olympic Committee of Kenya officials by the High Court, the Rio Fiasco has continued to intensify and this time round it falls in the hands of the Sports Ministry.

Reports suggests that  Dr. Hassan Wario and his PS Richard Ekai are likely to be investigated for use of excess payment of KSh 59 million for air tickets, procurement of tickets worth KSh 16.8 million which were never utilized, the utilization of impress amounting to KSh 22.5 million and paying journalists KSh 840,000 to cover the Rio Olympic games under unclear circumstances.

Wario chaired the Central Management Committee for the Rio 2016 Games that was made up of officials from his ministry and Nock to oversee the distribution of monies allocated for the qualification, preparation and participation of the team at the quadrennial global showpiece.

Should the prosecution stand, Wario and Ekai will join four Nock bosses who are already facing charges over the scandal that marred Kenya’s best ever performance at the Olympics where the track and field team won six gold, six silver and a bronze.