Former Sports activities Minister Hassan Wario of Kenya was sentenced Thursday to 6 years in jail after he was discovered responsible of embezzling cash from the nation’s Olympic program.
Wario siphoned federal funds from the Kenyan Olympic Staff in the course of the 2016 video games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in accordance to Reuters. Wario was sports activities minister from 2015 to 2018 and have become the nation’s ambassador to Austria after his time period within the Cupboard.
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Former Kenyan Olympic Committee official Stephen Soi was additionally sentenced to 10 years in jail or a high-quality of 103 million shillings in connection to the scheme, which grafted an estimated $800,000, the report added.
Authorities speculated that corruption and embezzlement have been endemic amongst Kenyan officers within the run-up to the Rio video games, compromising the $5.7 million finances put aside for the occasion. Regardless of the alleged monetary impropriety, Kenya had a robust displaying on the 2016 video games — taking house six gold medals, six silver, and a bronze.
President Uhuru Kenyatta started a crackdown on widespread corruption within the Kenyan authorities in 2018, charging a wide range of officers throughout a number of businesses beneath the nation’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crime Act, in accordance to All Africa.
After being discovered responsible, Wario was given the selection between jail and a high-quality equal to $32,742. Wario declined to pay.