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Keino files case in court against Wario’s disbandment of NOCK

National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Dr Kipchoge Keino.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Dr Kipchoge Keino.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has filed a case in court against Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Hassan Wario over the disbandment of NOCK.

The urgent application was filed by Rombo & company and J.K Bosek & Company on behalf of NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino together with secretary general Francis K. Paul and Treasurer Fridah Shiroyah on Monday at Nairobi’s Milimani Law Court, who argue the disbandment was in bad faith, unreasonable and irrational given that it will lead to a ban from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The three officials are also seeking to nullify the decision by Wario restraining them from accessing NOCK offices after police locked them down a week ago after seizing uniforms and other kits that were meant for Rio Olympics Team Kenya.

Wario was also faulted for failing to make any inquiry from the officials about the happenings during the Rio Olympic Games and question them on the alleged accusations before disbanding NOCK.

They have further accused him of embarking on unreasonable campaign of harassing them through unnecessary use of the police and security mechanism with the intent of unlawfully crippling the affairs and administration of NOCK.

This comes a day before Wario appears at the Parliamentary Committee of Labour and Social Welfare to answer questions over mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Rio Olympic Games as well as his decision to disband NOCK.

Already the Cabinet Secretary has constituted the probe team led by Strathmore University lecturer Paul Ochieng to look into the Rio mess and hand in a report by September 30 on their findings.

The IOC, which firmly stated it will not accept government interference in NOCK, is currently investigating the matter.

The Rio debacle that saw athletes complain on mismanagement as well as inadequate of training and competing kit, has seen three NOCK officials; head of delegation Stephen Arap Soi, who was denied cash bail, F.K Paul, Shiroyah and Team Kenya’s overall team manager Pius Ochieng charged for stealing and abuse of office, pending conclusion of investigations.

However, F.K Paul, Ochieng and Shiroyah were released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 each with their case scheduled to be mentioned September 19.

Keino, the Kenyan celebrated legendary was grilled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) twice over the Rio fiasco but the Police are yet to charge him.