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Uhuru: Sports CS Wario to face action after probe on Rio fiasco

By Lydiah Nyawira | January 23rd 2017
Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario is facing probe over loss of over Sh100 million relating to the Rio Olympic games. (Photo: Jonah Onyango/Standard)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is waiting for conclusion of investigations to take action on Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.

A report on mismanagement of Kenyan national team at the Olympics in Rio reportedly recommended action against Wario and Principal Secretary Richard Ekai.

"We are waiting for due process to be done. A report has been done and now the investigating authorities are doing their work and would take action when the process is complete," the President said.

He said he was waiting for the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to act on the recommendations before taking any action.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko wants Wario and Ekai charged with abuse of office over the loss of over Sh100 million relating to the Olympic games in August, last year.

At the same time, the President asked the National Assembly and county governments to review their budgets to tackle drought which has hit the country.

The Head of State said the Government was taking the drought seriously, and urged Parliament to review the budget to cater for the crisis.

"We are taking the drought very seriously and hopefully the National Assembly will reorganise the budget to set aside funds for the same. But I would like to ask county governments to also readjust their budgets as well to find ways to address drought within their counties," President Kenyatta said.

He noted that he had faith in the committee set up and headed by Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe to carry out an accurate assessment of the drought situation.

Migrating voters

The President also asked the National Bureau of Registration and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to ensure that those migrating due to the drought are also registered as Kenyans and voters.

President Kenyatta, who is traversing different parts of the country to shore up numbers for voter registration, said the response was hampered by lack of information.

Chiefs and public administrators have been directed to carry out door-to-door delivery of uncollected IDs to ensure no one is left out of voter registration.

On the inauguration of new US President Donald Trump, Uhuru noted that the country and continent was hoping the good foreign relations with America would continue.

"We cannot pre-empt what the US government's next move will be," he said.

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