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RIO FIASCO: Wario off the hook, Soi gnashes teeth in prison

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[Former Sports CS Dr Hassan Wario. Photo/Courtesy].

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been released after he paid the Ksh. 3.6 million fine following abuse of office charges levelled against him.

Magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Thursday sentenced Wario to 6 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of abusing his office over the Rio Olympics games fiasco in 2016.

Former Olympics team leader and ex-Nock official, Stephen Soi, has been struck with Ksh. 105 million, or an alternative of 12 years in prison.

Soi sought to have his sentence and fine suspended pending appeal but the court declined.

He faced three counts of abuse of office and three counts of willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds.

Juma said she took into account all accused persons are first time offenders.

The decision by Wario to send three undeserving people to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games pushed the court to find him guilty of abuse of office on Wednesday.

Wario added three people to Team Kenya yet they were not on the accreditation list.

The magistrate said she also took into account that by the time Wario instructed some witnesses to be included in Team Kenya there was no negative publicity.

Embezzlement

Juma said Wario arbitrarily forced the three to be included after obtaining Brazilian visas which were contrary to Olympic accreditation.

On Wednesday, Juma said Wario took advantage of his office by sending Adan Enow, Richard Abura and Monica Sairo to the Rio games. Their improper trip to Brazil resulted in a loss of public funds.

“There was a misuse of money during the Rio Olympic Games. Anyone who played a role in the planning of the Olympics was included in the travel. This is not the Spirit of the Olympic Charter. The budget for the games should be tailored to the needs,” Juma said.

When Wario was placed on his defence after he was found to have a case to answer, he defended himself by saying his role in the Human Resource manual allows him to mandate an official to travel.