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Rio Saga: Former Sports CS Hassan Wario Found Guilty of Abuse of Office

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Former Sports CS Hassan Wario has been guilty of abuse of office following the loss of public funds during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Anti-corruption magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Wednesday found Wario guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

The court also found that the former minister took advantage of his office by adding three people to the list of Team Kenya.

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Wario had the three; Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Edan Adow, earn allowances not entitled to them.

“The additional names were included after they closed the accreditation… Clearly this was an indicator that the three were not part of the team Kenya,” ruled the court.

He was, however, acquitted on the charge of engaging in a project without planning. The project was the Rio Olympics.

Other accused persons including Former PS Richard Ekai were acquitted over lack of sufficient evidence.

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Stephen Soi who was also found guilty will be held at the Gigiri Police Station alongside Wario until Thursday pending mitigation and sentencing.

Wario was charged with 4 counts, among them 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 abuse of office contrary to Section 46 as read with Section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 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 acquitted include; Former Sports PS Richard Ekai, Haron Komen, former director of administration at the Ministry of Sports, Francis Kinyili and Patrick Kimathi Nkabu.

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