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Kenya athletics coach charged with theft of Team Kenya kits

Team Kenya in Rio having a meal with Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO/DPPS
Team Kenya in Rio having a meal with Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO/DPPS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Kenya’s athletics coach linked with the disappearance of kits meant to be used by the country’s Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was on Wednesday charged with theft.

Kithinji Maragara, who was arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Charity Oluoch was accused of stealing an assortment of kits on July 29 within Nairobi County.

He denied the charge and was ordered to pay a cash bail of Sh200,000 to secure his freedom pending trial.

The prosecution claimed that he stole 23 T-Shirts, seven head caps, six ties, seven scarf, 50 running shorts, 17 key holders, a navy blue blazer and 2 red ladies top.

The charge sheet further stated that Maragara, jointly with others who are yet to be arrested and charged stole four skirts, four tracksuits, six women golf shorts  and nine men golf shorts.

Maragara was also accused of stealing 42 vests, four Kenyan flags, a ceremonial  tracksuit , four rain coats , a pair of  socks, 69 hand held Kenyan flags and 80 handball books.

The prosecution said the items when added together are valued at Sh300,000 and the case will be heard on October 6.

Last week, the prosecution told court that it was investigating National Olympic Committee Kenya (NOCK) officials over their possible involvement in theft.

Already three officials Secretary General F.K Paul, Treasurer Fridah Shiroyah and vice chairman Pius Ochieng were charged with neglect of duty, abuse of office and theft and released on a Sh200,000 cash bail each.