The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) paid Ksh 5 million for the accommodation of senior government officials, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, during the Rio Olympics in Brazil.
NOCK said that the committee acted according to the instructions of the Sports CS Hassan Wario despite the President announcing that he would not travel to Brazil.
Team Kenya Chief de Mission Stephen Arap Soi said that the committee paid Sh2.2 million for the accommodation on the Othon Palace cruise ship, for 18 days the President was booked in Rio.
NOCK admitted it footed the accommodation costs for the chairs of two parliamentary committees who also never turned up.
Instead the accomodations were occupied by two chairs of the Senate’s Stewart Madzayo and the National Assembly’s Labour and Social Welfare Committees David Were at a cost of Sh2.6 million.
The rooms meant for the President and Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario were later occupied by senior men and women in the Olympics team.
Soi who “was discharged from the hospital on Monday” said that the accommodation cost was USD 605 per day per person.
He added that NOCK also paid USD 564 per day for the chairman of the Senate Committee for 18 days.
Soi was backed by NOCK Chairman Dr Kipchoge Keino who also appeared before the Labour Committee of the National Assembly which is in the process of unraveling controversy surrounding the mishandling of Team Kenya.
Keino said “The International Olympics Committee (IOC) had organized for the Presidents to be booked in that cruise ship but it was the duty of NOCK to organize for the accommodation,so we paid for the rooms in advance”.
On his part sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario however put the blame for the Rio mess squarely on NOCK saying that they are the ones who were fully responsible for managing and making sure the Kenyan team successfully participated and was taken care of during the Olympic games in Brazil.
In his presentation to the labour committee of the National Assembly Wario defended his move to disband NOCK by saying that it was not above the law.
He said that Kenyan sports had been subjected to impunitive management from the governing bodies who always cite immunity when faced with allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
Wario is expected to appear before the International Olympics Committee to explain his move to disband NOCK.