FKF President Nick Mwendwa Arrested

  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa.
    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa.
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  • Embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, has been arrested.

    According to sources, Mwendwa was picked by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at the Safari Park hotel on the afternoon of Friday, November 12.

    The FKF boss had gone to the hotel to pay a courtesy call to the Harambee Stars team that had just jetted in from Kampala, Uganda.

    Mwendwa was taken to DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road for questioning.

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    FKF President Nick Mwendwa at a Confederation of African Football (CAF) in May 2017
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    The FKF President, according to a source who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke, was arrested in relation to the ongoing probe on financial impropriety at the body.

    Mwendwa is facing accusations of abuse of office, mismanaging the federation and misuse of taxpayers' money.

    On Thursday, November 11, Mwendwa responded to Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed's order to disband his team

    Speaking at a Nairobi hotel, Mwendwa stated that he had no plans to relinquish his position as the in-charge of football in the country.

    He stated that he and his colleagues planned to defy the CS's order on their removal adding that they would not recognise the 15-member caretaker committee. 

    "As FKF, we reject this committee. We rebuke it, and we will not accept it. No committee will take charge of Harambee Stars. FKF will be in charge," the ousted manager stated. 

    He insisted that the Sports CS had no capacity to disband the body given that they had been elected. As such, Mwendwa said that he and the committee would continue serving until the world football governing body, FIFA, gives its statement on the same.

    Mwendwa termed the move by Amina as unlawful, arguing that the CS should not have assumed the role of judge by concluding they had acted unlawfully. 

    "We have not been tried nor found guilty before any court of law," he stated.

    The FKF president further stated that the disbandment of the federation did not come as a surprise owing to recent friction between CS Amina and the federation. He went on to accuse the CS of trying to micro-manage football in the country.

    When asked about a possible absence from office to allow investigations, he rubbished the idea.

    "We shall continue with football. If anyone wants to come in between, let them come, and we will see what happens," he remarked.

    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa addresses a press conference at Safari Park hotel, Nairobi on December 7, 2019
    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa addresses a press conference at Safari Park hotel, Nairobi on December 7, 2019
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