Bernice Mbugua and David Ndolo @PeopleSports11
National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has now taken its fight with Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario to court after its chairman Kipchoge Keino sued the CS over disbandment of the body.
Keino has lodged the suit alongside NOCK secretary general Francis Kinyili Paul and treasurer Fridah Shiroyah after Wario disbanded the sports body two weeks ago over the Rio debacle. Under a certificate of urgency, the three say the CS’s action was in bad faith and irrational as it will lead to a ban of the Kenyan Olympic movement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The three officials argue that Wario’s move was unlawful and in breach of the fair administrative action act. In an affidavit, Paul accuses Wario of acting on unsubstantiated allegations of malpractice on the part of unspecified officials on the Olympic Games.
“The Sports Cabinet Secretary did not make any inquiry from us as to the happenings during the games and neither did he put any accusations to us or even ask for our report before taking his unlawful action of disbanding the organisation,” Paul said in court documents.
The three officials seek orders to quash a decision that restrains them from accessing NOCK offices. Through J.K. Bosek and Company Advocates, the three argue that Wario has no powers under the Sports Act 2013 to unilaterally disband NOCK or any other federation.
They also allege that the Sports CS has embarked on unreasonable campaign of harassing them through unnecessary use of the police and security mechanism with the intent of unlawfully crippling the affairs and administration of NOCK. They argue that the transfer of the functions of NOCK to a government agency Sports Kenya is irrational since it is not a recognised organ under the Olympic Charter.
Meanwhile, the NOCK officials led by Keino are expected to appear before the parliamentary committee in charge of Social Welfare headed by Matunga MP David Were to shed more light on the Rio fiasco.
The officials might come face-to-face with Wario who is also expected to be grilled by the Were-led committee today. But speaking at his office yesterday, Keino, who was recently feted by the IOC, accused Kenyans of not appreciating the efforts of Team Kenya in Rio and only focusing on “none issues.”
“I have done no wrong but if you are in the wrong then you must be jailed. I call upon anyone with evidence against me to table it to the police. Kenya performed even better than Nigeria a country with 200 million-plus citizens,” said Keino.
The other officials expected to appear before the parliamentary committee are Paul, Shiroya both out on bail after being arraigned in courts, James Chacha and other executive members.