Kenya’s football boss released on cash bail

By Samuel Ouma

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa was on Monday released on cash bail.

Mwendwa was arraigned in Milimani Law Courts after being arrested on Friday last week over alleged embezzlement of funds for the national team, Harambee Stars.

Appearing before Magistrate Wandia Nyamu, the federation denied the charges.

He was directed not to address media or access FKF employee.

The court further banned him from accessing FKF offices or staff until a ruling on a petition that demands him detained for 14 days is issued.

Before his arrest, Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohammed disbanded FKF and formed a caretaker committee led by ex Judge Aaron Ringera.

The committee was mandated to take charge of football matters in the country for the next six months pending investigations.

Following the disbandment of the federation, Fifa wrote to Amb. Amina Mohammed asking her to reinstate the beleaguered FKF boss.

In a letter signed by Fifa Secretary General Fatama Samoura, the body warned Kenya of dire consequences including suspension from international football.

“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have raised and any potential trial for offences that may have been committed, Fifa and Caf area asking you to consider the reinstatement of the FKF executive committee members as prior thereto. FIFA and CAF administrations are prepared to work closely with the FKF ad your office representatives – as it has already been the case in the recent past – to normalise the situation,” read part of the letter sent on Monday, November 15.

 

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