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Rio scandal: Former CS Wario denies abuse of office charges

Kenya’s Ambassador to Austria Hassan Wario has denied six counts of the charge of abuse of office related to the mismanagement of more than Sh55 million for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Wario flew into the country from Austria to plead to the charges.

Also charged is former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Director of Administration Haron Chebet Komen who denied the charge of willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

The two were charged before Anti-Corruption court magistrate Douglas Ogoti at the Milimani law courts.

Former Finance Officer at the Ministry of Sports Patrick Kimithi Nkabu has also denied the charge of wilful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

The court directed that the three be freed on a Sh1 million cash bail as well as personal bond of a similar amount. In the alternative, they should deposit a bond of Sh2 million and have a surety of a similar amount.