Tobiko wants Wario and Ekai charged for Rio scandal

By ronnie evans
Jan 18, 2017
  • Hassan Wario, has not revealed the contents of a report he received on October 28, 2016 from a committee he formed to investigate the Rio fiasco. (SNA. File Photo)

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko wants Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and and Principal Secretary Richard Ekai charged in connection with mismanagement of the Team Kenya at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

In a letter addressed to the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, Tobiko states that the two had a prime oversight role in the loss of up to Ksh. 100 million in what is set to shake up the top brass at the ministry.

This comes hot on the heels of Wario's reluctance to reveal the contents of a report he formally received on October 28, 2016 from a committee formed to investigate the Rio fiasco.

"The persons who should bear the greatest criminal culpability for authorising (or) approving the unlawful payments are the following; Dr Hassan Wario Arero — CS, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts (because he) chaired the Steering Committee meeting (in) which the budget was presented, (and) which had allowances which exceeded the SRC guidelines," the letter from Tobiko reads.

Tobiko also points out that Ekai failed in his mandate of cross checking the budget to ensure that it is in line with the set criteria provided by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

“Mr Ekai is the accounting officer at the Ministry and having attended the Steering Committee meeting, he should have pointed out and informed that the allowances exceeded SRC guidelines," Tobiko stated in the letter.

Also highlighted in the letter is the involvement of six non-essential personnel who travelled with the team as per Wario’s directive but  were not approved by the Steering Committee. In the process an additional Ksh.3,600,000 (allowances) and Ksh.2,990,286 (air tickets) was spent by the ministry.

The six are; Monica Sairo, Richard Abura, Eunice Kerich, James Gitau, Samuel Njuguna and Adan Omar.

Should the DCI formally charge them, then Wario and Ekai will be compelled to step aside to pave way for the determination of the cases.

Allowances exceeded the SRC guidelines

Also in Tobiko’s spotlight is the Director of Administration at the Sports Ministry, Haron Chebet, who failed to advise that the payments of allowances be stopped because they exceeded the SRC guidelines in his role as the holder of the Authority to Incur Expenditure (AIE).

Tobiko gave directive to Muhoro and his team to ensure that all the outstanding areas are addressed expeditiously and files are submitted within 14 days to have these officers face the law.

Following a resolutions roadmap communiqué from the International Olympic Committee to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, a stakeholders meeting held by NOCK and its affiliates earlier this week barred NOCK’s executive committee members from voting in the elections.

The meeting was set up after IOC through Director General Pere Miro in December 2016 gave NOCK key deadlines to meet that would see a review of the constitution and a draft formulated before it is submitted to the IOC in January.

A draft was sent to the IOC for approval on Tuesday before the next course of action is taken in a Special General Meeting. T

his new development will hit the executive hard as they possess 12 out the 33 available voting slots in the current constitution.

Should the IOC give approval to the amendments then they will be locked out of determining their own fate during the Elective General Assembly that has a March 31 deadline where elections will be held.

Some of the executive committee members have been charged in court and could see the outcome of their cases determined before then.