State to charge Nick Mwendwa in court

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa (right) talks to his lawyers at the Milimani Law Courts on November 17, 2021 before the delivery of a ruling to determine whether police will be allowed to detain him for 14 days.

What you need to know:

  • Amina said police would further investigate the federation and all those found to be culpable of misappropriating funds charged in court.
  • FKF however challenged the appointment of a caretaker committee.
  • Justice Hedwig Ong’udi will deliver a ruling on the matter on December 16.

Detained Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa is expected to  be charged on Monday over alleged misappropriation of public funds.

Former Society of Kenya Law president Eric Mutua, who is representing Mwendwa, told the Sunday Nation Sport, “a senior prosecutor at the office of director of public prosecutions has called for the police file.”

Mwendwa was arrested on Friday along Kiambu Road and is being held at the Gigiri police station.

Mutua said police informed him they will file a charge of alleged misappropriation of Sh8million from the federation.

Mutua further disclosed the DPP had acted on a protest letter he wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday over the manner in which the football boss was arrested in the middle of the road, commando style.

“The DPP has called for the police file for perusal and advice,” Mutua.

The arrest of Mwendwa came a day after the DPP ordered for the closure of the file in the miscellaneous application where police sought for 14 days to detain Mwendwa as they investigating him.

“While Mwendwa was being driven by along Kiambu Road,his vehicle was intercepted by two unmarked vehicles, bundled into one of them and taken to DCI headquarters where he is being detained,” Mutua says in the protest letter to the IG and DCI.

It was the second time Mwendwa was being arrested in as many weeks. He was first detained by police on November 12 and released on bail terms three days later. He walked away a free man and the Sh4million cash bail returned to him last Thursday.

“The arrest of Mwendwa is a clear manifestation of abuse of both police powers and criminal justice system, whose ultimate aim is to intimidate Mwendwa in order for him to abandon his pursuit of a civil dispute over management of Football Kenya Federation,” said Mutua.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed disbanded the federation on November 11 and constituted a caretaker committee to run football in the country for not more than six months following recommendations of a probe team that investigated the federation.

Amina said police would further investigate the federation and all those found to be culpable of misappropriating funds charged in court.

FKF however challenged the appointment of a caretaker committee.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi will deliver a ruling on the matter on December 16.

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