January 24, 2022

Kenya FA president Nick Mwendwa arrested

By Clive Kyazze
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Nick Mwendwa, President of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), during a recent press-conference | Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP via Getty Images

According to sources in Kenya embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, has been arrested.

Online portal kenyans.co.ke reports that Mwendwa was picked by detectives at the Harambee Stars training grounds at Nyayo Stadium on the afternoon of Friday, November 12.

The website could not give details on the police station Mwendwa was taken to, but it is believed he was arrested in relation to the ongoing probe on financial impropriety at the body.

Daily Nation confirmed that by officers drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Mwendwa is currently at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu road where he is being grilled by detectives according to National Police Service spokesperson Bruno Shioso has confirmed.

Daily Nation further noted that Mwendwa was picked up by six men in civilian clothes after exiting Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi where he had gone to follow up a case the federation has filed challenging the government’s decision to disband it and form a caretaker committee.

“He (Nick Mwendwa) is at Mazingira House where our detectives are interrogating him. We shall release a statement later,” Shioso said.

On Thursday the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF)

This was after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kenya deployed an investigation team at the FKF’s office in Kasarani to probe the claims of misappropriation of the government’s funds amounting to Ksh244 million.

The money had been given to the federation to prepare Harambee Stars for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

The development prompted FIFA to write to FKF showing their dissatisfaction about the appointment of a FKF Caretaker Committee by the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Sport.

Mwendwa’s arrest comes after Justice Aaron Ringera who chairs the 15 man committee in charge of running football affairs in Kenya has suspended league football activities for two weeks.

The suspended leagues include Kenya Premier League (1st division), the National Super League (2nd division) the FKF Division One, the FKF Women’s Premier League and the FKF Women’s Division One League.

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