NO CHARGES

FKF boss Nick Mwendwa a free man after state fails to prefer graft charges

DPP had been given 7 days to prefer charges against Nick but chose to close its file.

In Summary

• The DPP had been given seven days to prefer charges against Nick but chose to close its file.

• But Nyamu released Mwendwa on a Sh4 million cash bail with an alternative bond of Sh7 million.

FKF president Nick Mwendwa during a press conference at Lamada hotel Nairobi on 11, November 2021. In his statement he said that FKF will continue it’s normal activities as usual and that the federation is still in charge of football.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa during a press conference at Lamada hotel Nairobi on 11, November 2021. In his statement he said that FKF will continue it’s normal activities as usual and that the federation is still in charge of football.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The Director of Public Prosecutions has closed its file against suspended FKF President Nick Mwendwa as they proceed with further investigations in the case.

The DPP had been given seven days to prefer charges against Nick but chose to close its file.

"We seek to close the file as our team proceeds with probing the case at our own pace before we prefer charges against him," said the DPP.

Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Wandia Nyamu allowed the application by the DPP and ordered the matter closed.

DCI detectives last week arrested Mwendwa and arraigned him before resident magistrate Wandia Nyamu and sought to detain him for 14 days to complete investigations.

He was arrested over mismanagement of public funds disbursed to the federation by the government.

The state cited fictitious withdrawals amounting to Sh29,502,302 and money transfers of Sh8.5 million wired to private bank accounts including that of Mwendwa.

On Wednesday last week, the court directed the state to prefer charges against Mwendwa within seven days failing which the file would stand closed.

Nyamu released Mwendwa on a Sh4 million cash bail with an alternative bond of Sh7 million.

However, Mwendwa was directed to stay away from FKF offices with no access to federation employees pending the Wednesday ruling. 

The court also directed Mwendwa not to address the media and not to attend all football activities.

And with the state failing to institute any graft charges against the FKF president, Mwendwa’s file was on Thursday closed and his bail returned.

The prosecution told the court in a virtual session, that it had not prepared any charges against Mwendwa, prompting the magistrate to release the suspect unconditionally.

Edited by D Tarus