Nick Mwendwa Attacks Sports Ministry Over Arrest

  • FKF President Nick Mwendwa addressing the press at the La Mada Hotel on Thursday, November 11, 2021
    FKF President Nick Mwendwa addressing the press at the La Mada Hotel on Thursday, November 11, 2021
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  • Embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has lashed out at the Sports Ministry over what he termed as malice due to his back-to-back arrests in the recent past.

    Through his lawyer and former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Eric Mutua, Mwendwa accused police of acting on behalf of powerful people from the Sports Ministry who were hell bent on frustrating his leadership.

    "The chronology of events, shows a clear abuse of both police power and the Criminal Justice System whose ultimate aim is to intimidate our client in order for him to abandon his pursuit of a civil dispute, over management of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) where a ruling is expected to be delivered by the High Court on December 16, 2021," he stated.

    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa speaking at the Kenya Institute Special Education (KISE) on July 5, 2021.
    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa speaking at the Kenya Institute Special Education (KISE) on July 5, 2021.
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    The suspended FKF boss also took issue with how his past two arrests happened on Fridays- which has seen him spend the weekend in police custody.

    Mwendwa was arrested again on Friday, November 26, mid-morning in Ridgeways, Nairobi by detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) before he was taken to the DCI Headquarters on Kiambu Road for grilling.

    He is set to be arraigned in court of Monday, November 29. The FKF boss is likely to face charges on abuse of office and conducting fraud transactions while at the helm of the Federation.

    This comes after a court ruling delivered on Thursday, November 25, that saw the government close his file- which was allowed by senior resident magistrate Wandia Nyamu. Further,  the court ordered the cash bail of Ksh4 million to be refunded to him.

    "I therefore order this matter closed as prayed by the DPP, " Wandia stated. 

    Prior to that, his team had been disbanded by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, who formed a caretaker committee to run football affairs in the country for the next six months.

    Mwendwa was initially arrested at Safari Park hotel on the afternoon of Friday, November 12, after he went to the hotel to pay a courtesy call to the Harambee Stars team that had just jetted in from Kampala, Uganda.

    Minutes later, detectives arrived and took him to the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road for questioning.

    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa addressing the media on July 16, 2020.
    Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa addressing the media on July 16, 2020.
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