Ben Ekumbo, the head of Kenya’s swimming federation, was reportedly found hiding under a bed in a bid to avoid getting arrested as part of the country’s inquiry into missing money and equipment following Rio 2016.
The head of Kenya’s swimming federation, Ben Ekumbo, is also the vice-president of Kenya’s Olympic committee and has now become the fifth senior official in Kenya’s Olympic committee to be arrested as part of the inquiry.
Earlier in the month, an investigation revealed that Kenyan officials squandered money meant for the Kenyan Olympic team. The investigation had been commissioned by the minister for sports, culture, and the arts, Hassan Wario.
The investigation had then been led by Paul Ochieng, the dean of students at the Strathmore University in Nairobi.
At the end of the investigation, it was found that the funds embezzled by the officials had been intended for use in payment for air tickets for the Olympic team. The investigators are considering a report that senior officials stole more than £6.4m in expenses and equipment.
Four of the officials in question had been arrested in September. Three of them denied the charges and were released on bail. Stephen Soi, was charged with stealing over $250,000 (£200,000) that was earmarked for travel, accommodation and expenses in Rio, while the secretary general, Francis Kinyili Paul, and a second vice president, Pius Ochieng, were charged with stealing kit.
Another official, Fridah Shiroya, had charges against her dropped. Ben Ekumbo has before denied any wrongdoing in relation to corruption charges.
One former treasurer of the Kenya Swimming Federation in 2005, however, raised questions about why funds sent by swimming’s governing body, Fina, to assist Kenya’s participation in the world championships in Japan had allegedly remained in a bank account when swimmers were being asked to pay for their own trips.