Ben Ekumbo to be remanded until Monday, says he will refund Sh1,060,500 Rio loot


ekumboTeam Kenya’s Deputy Chief of Mission for the 2016 Olympics Ben Ekumbo has offered to refund $10,500 (Sh1,060,500) Rio loot.

Mr Ekumbo on Friday told Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani that the cash was deposited into his bank account without his knowledge as he led Team Kenya in Rio, Brazil.

The National Olympics Organising Committee first vice chairman is facing charges related to the mismanagement of Team Kenya in Brazil.


State prosecution told the magistrate that they would inform the Asset Recovery Agency about Mr Ekumbo’s offer.

Mr Ekumbo was arrested on Monday in a dramatic raid on his house in Nairobi where bales of sports equipment were found.


The kits were supplied by Nike for use by Team Kenya at the Olympics.

On Friday, he faced charges of stealing the sports gear.


Meanwhile,  the prosecution told the court they intend to charge Mr Ekumbo, who is also the chairman of Kenya Swimming Federation, with sexual molestation of young swimmers.

The accused fought the charge, saying the sex scandal happened five years ago, and that abusers were investigated and punished according to the law.

Ms Gandani ordered that the accused be remanded until Monday to allow police time to wrap up their investigations.

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