NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – Following allegations of Team Kenya’s mismanagement in Rio Olympics, the government has ordered National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to provide the entire list of athletes and officials accredited for the games.
Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said the list will be shared with the Parliamentary Committee of Labour and Social Welfare, who alongside the office of the Attoney General will conduct probe on the matter that tainted Kenya’s image in the global multi-sport event.
Among the issues to be investigated is distribution of the official training and competition team kit sponsored by Nike, disbursement of allowances and accreditation.
The latest stain on Kenya’s athletics management at the Rio Camp happened on Sunday, when the Deputy President William Ruto received official complaints from Nike, the official kit sponsors of the Kenyan team about misuse of donated sports gear.
Despite the American sportswear giant supplying a consignment of training, competition and leisure kit, the athletes claim they were only issued with either one pair or none at all, leading to Cherengany MP Wesley Korir, who is also the Team Kenya captain to question NOCK where the rest of the kit went.
This is not the first time the team is encountering misuse of kit. At the 2012 London Olympics, there was a similar outcry with the biggest shame seeing top swimmer David Danford Buying his own kit.
“We are aware of the concerns that Kenyans have raised on the matter of Olympic kits, accreditation and overall mismanagement of our Olympic team. A few days ago, the Deputy President and CS Wario (Hassan) met with Nike to discuss the contracting and delivery of kits by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya in conjunction with Nike,” Kiraithe declared.
“At the meeting, it was agreed that Nike will share the kitting contract directly with the National Government in order to foster accountability and transparency. The Ministry of Sports has also met members of the Parliamentary Committee of Labour and Social Welfare, who are in Rio, to discuss the management of the team Kenta. The Parliamentary Committee will proceed to investigate allegations of mismanagement.”
The development has seen Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma gather signatures from MPs for a motion seeking for the removal of the Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Hassan Wario from office.
“The Cabinet Secretary through acts of omission and/or commission has exhibited gross violation of Article 73 of the constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act and section 8 of the Public Officers Ethics Act, concerned that the continued mismanagement of sports at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts has brought shame and dishonor to the nation as demonstrated in the current fiasco at the country’s Olympic camp in Rio,” Kaluma’s motion read.
“This house resolves that in accordance with the provision of Article 152 of the constitution and Standing Order 66, the President dismisses Dr. Hassan Wario Arero from the position of Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts for gross misconduct and violation of the constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act and the Public Officers Ethics Act,” the motion concluded.
Ruto, who was in Rio ordered a detailed report from NOCK once the games conclude on Sunday.