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Kenya FA Boss Nick Mwendwa Presented In Court After Weekend In Cell

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa was on Monday morning taken to the basement cells at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi awaiting to be arraigned before the Chief Magistrate to take plea.

Mwendwa, who spent the weekend in custody, will be arraigned at midday.

He will be facing charges for alleged embezzlement of Sh513 million (USD 50million) advanced to the FKF by the government.

The former Kariobangi Sharks boss was arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers alongside FKF Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno.

Mwendwa was being held at Gigiri Police Station following his arrest last Friday.

He was arrested a day after Sports Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed disbanded FKF over the its financial dealings.

Last month, Mwendwa lost his bid to block his possible arrest and prosecution after he rushed to High Court back in October 2020 following a complaint by journalist Milton Nyakundi.

Back in June last year, Auditor General Nancy Gathungu raised concern over Ksh11 million(USD 1million) in payments to Mwendwa without requisite documents.

Also there was questionable payments worth Ksh 57 million (USD 5million) in allowances and bonuses to Harambee Stars players and the technical bench for the team that travelled for African Cup of Nations camps.

The complete Audit Report revealed that FKF could not account for the funds that the federation received from the government between in 2017 and 2021.

A caretaker committee is currently in-charge of Kenyan football despite threats  by world football governing FIFA to ban Kenya from all football activities citing government interference in the management of the game.

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo/Nation Media Publications


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