Citizen TV journalist testifies in court over claims of receiving money from Olympics committee

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Citizen TV journalist Waihiga Mwaura has denied charges that he received money from the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) during the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

The journalist told Nairobi magistrate Elizabeth Osoro on Tuesday that NOCK offered to give him Sh100,000 to enable him to travel to Rio, Brazil but he declined.

“My employer was to facilitate for my air travel and accommodation while in Rio,” he told the magistrate.

The Citizen TV anchor added that he had been assigned to cover the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic games by his editor, Michael Okinyi.

“I wish to state that we came back to Nairobi on August 26, 2016 via Ethiopian Airlines. I carried more stories on Citizen television related to ‘Rio Fiasco’,” Mwaura said.

Since the prosecution began in May 2019, three NOCK officials have been charged with fraud and theft of over Sh25 million each.

The three were accused of not keeping any record of NIKE kit uniforms donated to the Kenyan team participating in the Rio games 2016.

They were asked to deposit their passports so that they don’t fly out of the country as the case continues.

The suspects were released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 or a bond of Sh1 million.

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