Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura has denied allegations that he received facilitation fee from a government agency during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The renowned media personality appeared before a Nairobi court on Tuesday to testify in the ongoing trial of government officials accused of embezzling state funds allocated for Team Kenya in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Waihiga told Magistrate Elizabeth Osoro that it’s true he was listed among the recipients of USD 1,000 (Ksh.100,000) but the National Olympics Committee listed his name without his knowledge.
According to the journalist, his travel and accommodation expenses were catered for by his employer, Royal Media Services, and at no point did he have a conversation with NOCK officials or any other agency in regard to the aforementioned money.
He further informed the court that some of the people listed as part of Team Kenya were not Kenyan citizens.
Waihiga was testifying in a case in which ex-NOCK officials Pius Ochieng, Francis Kanyiri and Stephen Arap Soi are accused of being involved in Ksh.25 million theft and fraud.
He said he’s ready to cooperate with the investigators in his quest to clear his name.
“I wish to state that I appeared before a committee formed to investigate graft allegations during the Rio Olympics and I shared my side of the story,” he said.
During 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, Kenyan athletes complained about poor travel and accommodation plans as well as their kits going missing.
There were rife allegations that NOCK officials took their friends to the global sports event at the expense of national athletics coaches.
As a result, President Uhuru Kenyatta called for investigations into the matter. Then Sports Secratary Hassan Wario has since faced charges on six counts of abuse of office.
Even with all those charges and being released on a Ksh.1 million bail and personal bond of similar amount, Wario is currently serving as Kenyan Ambassadir to Austria.