CS Wario given seven days to re­spond to NOC-K case

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Sports Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Has­san Wario has been given seven days to re­spond to a suit that seeks to re­verse his de­ci­sion to dis­band the Na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee of Kenya.

Through his lawyer, Wario told High Court judge Ge­orge Odunga that he re­quired more time to re­spond to the suit filed by Nock chair­man Kip­choge Keino, sec­re­tary gen­eral Fran­cis Kinyiri and Trea­surer Fri­dah Shi­roya. The judge di­rected his lawyer to file and serve his replies within a week and go back to court on Oc­to­ber 24 for fur­ther di­rec­tions.

The CS dis­banded NOCK Au­gust 25 fol­low­ing the sham­bolic prepa­ra­tions and man­age­ment of team Kenya dur­ing the Rio Olympics in Brazil. In dis­band­ing Nock, Wario had said his de­ci­sion was made in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

In the suit, the for­mer of­fi­cials, how­ever, says the CS de­ci­sion was un­law­ful and in breach of fair ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion.

The three claims that the CS does not have pow­ers un­der the Sports Act to uni­lat­er­ally dis­band Nock or any other fed­er­a­tion.

The three fur­ther ar­gues that the move by the CS is in bad faith, un­rea­son­able and which if not stopped by the court, will lead to a ban of the Kenya’s Olympic move­ment by the in­ter­na­tional Olympic com­mit­tee (IOC). They are seek­ing sev­eral or­ders among them one to quash the de­ci­sion dis­band­ing Nock and clos­ing its of­fices.

“The CS has em­barked on an un­rea­son­able cam­paign of ha­rass­ment through un­nec­es­sary use of po­lice and se­cu­rity mech­a­nism with the in­ten­tion of un­law­fully crippling the af­fairs and ad­min­is­tra­tion of Nock,” they said.

They fault the CS for fail­ing to give of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion prior to his de­ci­sion. Ac­cord­ing to them the Cs di­rec­tive was based on un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions.

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