|Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa. /TWITTER|
Nick Mwendwa, the President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), has been arrested yet again.
Mwendwa was apprehended by investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in the early hours of Friday, November 26 in Ridgeways, Nairobi (DCI).
Mwendwa was transported to the DCI Headquarters on Kiambu Road for questioning, according to sources familiar with the arrest.
The reasons for his arrest had not been made public as of the time of publication. However, the source stated that it was in regard to the ongoing investigation into the FKF’s exploitation of taxpayer funds and abuse of office.
His arrest comes just one day after the state dropped the charges against him, and the court ordered that the Ksh4 million cash bond he had paid be repaid right away.
The Prosecution has been given seven days to file charges against the FKF’s embattled leader.
The prosecution remarked, “We desire to end the file as we proceed with our investigations at our own pace before we pursue charges against him.”
Wandia Nyamu, Senior Resident Magistrate, accepted the request and ordered the case to be closed and ended.
Wandia Nyamu declared, “I thus order this matter closed as requested by the DPP.”
Mwendwa, on the other hand, was still forbidden from entering FKF headquarters or participating in any football-related activity after the federation’s offices were taken over by a caretaker committee.
FIFA became aware of Mwendwa’s situation and asked that he be reinstated, otherwise Kenya would risk a ban and other sanctions. FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura warned the ministry against rejecting FIFA’s demands in a letter to Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Sunday, No vember 14.
“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have been brought or any prospective trial for offences that may have been committed,” the letter stated in part, “FIFA and CAF are requesting that you consider the reinstatement of the FKF Executive Committee prior thereto.”
FIFA’s demands forced a meeting between Amina and the world football governing body to mediate the impasse.