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Rio Olympics Scandal: Former Sports CS Hassan Wario, Soi Found Guilty

Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and ex-National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) official Stephen Soi were Wednesday found guilty of corruption and abuse office in connection with the Rio 2016 Olympics financial scandal.

Their co-accused, former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, Haron Komen, Francis Paul and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu, were acquitted by trial magistrate Elizabeth Juma.The officials were implicated in the Sh88 million corruption scandal that rocked team Kenya in Brazil.

The prosecution accused Mr Wario of improperly conferring a benefit on three persons by including them in the delegation to Rio.

The prosecution called 22 witnesses while Mr Wario was put to his defence and called seven supporting witnesses.The court heard that prosecutors proved outright misuse and wastage of taxpayer money arising from poor planning and it was a well-orchestrated plan by a few government officials and those from NOCK.

Mr Wario is alleged to have been a member of the Rio Olympic Games Steering Committee and he failed to undertake proper planning.But he says he was neither the chairman nor a member of the committee

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