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Kenyan Officials Arrested and Their Olympic Headquarters Raided Over Corruption Charges

Following the arrest of three top officials of Kenya’s Olympics committee on Friday, the police raided the countries Olympic offices on Saturday.

“The raid was conducted this morning and several dozens of cartons with the sports kits have been recovered,” a police source told AFP.

“The investigation is centered on the misappropriation of Sports kits donated by NIKE… and not given to the athletes.”

Previously, on Aug. 18, a probe was ordered by the Kenyan government to investigate corruption scams that saw some of the countries athletes deprived of critical resources including the team uniforms.

According to reports, the arrested officials are, Francis Paul, the secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee along with his deputees, James Chacha and Stephen Arap Soi, who headed the Kenyan delegation to Rio.

On Thurday, Kenya’s sports Minister Hassan Wario announced the disbanding of the Kenyan Olympic committee.

However, as per the AFP report, Paul claims that Wario does not have the legal grounds to disband them. He said he answers to the international Olympic committee, not the Kenyan government.

In light of the chaos, the report says that Kenya’s Olympic team captain for marathon, Wesley Korir welcomed the arrests.

‘’Someone should pay the price,’ he said, as he called on Wario to resign as well.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”If you are the head of an organisation and you don’t even know what is going on, my friend you are supposed to go home.”[/perfectpullquote]

Despite the controversy surrounding the Kenyan athletes, they managed to deliver their best Olympics event ever. They had 13 medals including six gold.



Featured Photo: Hassan Warrio (Photo Courtesy/Citizen TV)

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