Daily Nation Apologises to Kipchoge Keino Over Claims of His WhereAbouts

  • Kipchoge Keino during an interview Capital Group
  • The Daily Nation on Wednesday was forced to apologise to Kipchoge Keino over false claims of his whereabouts published in an article of its Tuesday edition.

    Through a statement published by the paper, the media house made a formal apology to the athletics legend over the misunderstanding caused by the headline.

    "A headline on the front page of yesterday's Daily Nation may have created the impression that athletics legend Kichoge Keino's whereabouts were unknown and that he was on the run from the law in connection with corruption charges facing him and others regarding the management of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Tuesday Edition of the newspaper

    "As the story inside correctly said, quoting Mr. Keino's lawyer Cecil Miller, Mr Keino was in Mexico to receive an award on behalf of a Kenyan team of disabled athletes who participated recently in an international championship.

    "We apologise to Mr Keino, his associates and our readers for any embarrassment or misunderstanding that the headline may have caused," read the statement.

    The marathon legend had been asked to report to the DCI offices on Monday by DPP Noordin Haji, together with former Sports CS Hassan Wario, over the embezzlement of funds meant for 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Haji had affirmed that after reviewing files from the investigating officers, he had established that there was enough evidence to charge the former CS and other officers for the misappropriation of at least Ksh 55 Million.

    Investigations revealed that the government had allocated Ksh 544 million for the Olympics which were allegedly misused by Wario and National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials.

    "Accordingly, I have directed the DCI to immediately have the persons arraigned in court. They are hereby directed to report before the DCI headquarters on or before October 15. 2018, failure to which the process of obtaining warrants of arrest shall commence before a competent court," stated the DPP.

    DPP Noordin Haji

    The other accused officials were former PS Richard Ekai, Harun Komen, Stephen Kiptanui, Patrick Kimathi and Francis Kanyili.