"These people are being malicious since it's just coming a few hours after we met their managers," said Kaberia.

A ministry official, who Kaberia dispatched to resolve the impulse, apologised to the athletes for the unfortunate turn of events saying it won't happen again.

Team Kenya chief executive officer Charles Nyaberi and General Team manager Paul Mutwii also regretted the incident and also apologised to the athletes.

"It's also a good thing since the problem will be solved once and for all," said Mutwii.

" I want to assure you that the ministry has sorted out the issue and the hotel has agreed you go back," said the official from the ministry adding that their local and overseas allowances will also be settled immediately. "You are our heroes and heroines and we are sad and regret what you have gone through. We want to apologise."

SPORTS COUNCIL

However, Athletics Kenya committee member Barnaba Korir said Kaberia has been misadvised since it's the Kenya National Sports Council ( KNSC) who booked the team at Luke Hotel and not AK.

"We cannot propagate lies and arm-twist the truth here. Our mandate as the federation ended when we selected the team and handed it over to the KNSC. Saying it's AK who booked the team at Luke is totally unacceptable and lies," said Korir.

Korir said its Nyaberi and Chef de Mission Shadrack Maluki, who did the booking at Luke Hotel after the facilities at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies and Stadio were fully booked for the East Africa Military Games.

"They promised to pay the hotel by Tuesday but went missing after the hotel management went looking for them," said Korir.

Athletics team captain Julius Yego said they go through such problems every time the teams are heading for international competitions.

"This team was selected over a month ago and I don't know why the issue of accommodation is cropping up now," said Yego who recalled he was almost left behind when his ticket went missing ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

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