Kenyan ex-Ports Minister slapped with $36000 fine in Rio de Janeiro Games scandal

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has been fined approximately $36000 after the anti-corruption court found him guilty of graft, abuse of office, and embezzlement of funds during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Amb. Wario will spend six years in jail should he fail to raise the fine.

While convicting him on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the Magistrate said Wario took advantage of his position and added three people to the list of Team Kenya and had them paid allowances, yet he had no mandate to do so.

The three are Monica Sairo, Richard Abura, and Edan Adow.

He was charged with four counts, engaging in a project without prior planning contrary to Section 45 (2) (c) as read with sections 48 (1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.

The other three counts were an abuse of office contrary to section 46 as read with Section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3of 2003 with particulars that he improperly conferred a benefit on three persons by including them on the list of delegation to Rio, Brazil for Olympic Games 2016.

The ex-sports CS was acquitted from the count of engaging in a project without prior planning as there was no evidence.

His co-accused the ex-National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) official Stephen Soi was fined $1.05 million or serving twelve years in jail in default.

Soi was charged with three counts of abuse of office and three counts of willful failure to follow statutory procedures and guidelines relating to public funds management.

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