In a show of emotion,team Kenya leader in the 2016 Rio Olympics Stephen Soi Tuesday broke down into tears during court proceedings defending himself in a corruption case.
Mr Soi is among National Olympic Committee (NOC) officials implicated in Sh88 million corruption scandal that rocked team Kenya in Brazil broke down interrupting the court session forcing the court to allow his wife to walk to the witness box to console him.
The retired police officer told Chief magistrate Elizabeth Juma that the graft charges facing him were witch hunt and intimidation of a senior citizen.
“I have served this country for 38 years and for 18 years I was a trainer of police at GSU and Kiganjo police colleges. On return from Rio de Janeiro I was surprised to be received by DCI officers. To date I have never retuned Team Kenya’s flag to the President,” said Mr Soi.In a twist he explained he was not a ticket agent and that the charge sheet would have details such as paying air tickets to who laying doubt to reports that he authorised payment to Kenyan track legend Kipchoge Keino and Mr Francis Paul.
In his defence, Mr Soi denied charges abuse of office over the siphoning off of funds meant for the athletes. He pointed an accusing finger to the committee’s treasurer Ms Fridah Shiroya, whom he narrated to the court had been arrested but discharged and turned to be the prosecution’s witness.
Mr Soi is charged alongside former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, former Principal secretary Richard Ekai, Haron Komen, Francis Paul and Mr Patrick Kimathi Nkabu in one of the most scandalous sporting events in modern day that saw some athletes allege to be evicted from their residence
Source:Daily Nation Breaking news
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