Suspended FKF President To Remain In Custody, Pending Ruling On Tuesday

by Lawyer Alex
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Embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa will remain in custody until Tuesday afternoon, when the Court will rule on whether he should take a plea.

He was arraigned before Milimani Anti-corruption court’s Chief magistrate Eunice Nyutu on Monday, when the DPP wanted him charged with unlawful acquisition of public property.

However, Mwendwa’s lawyers Eric Mutua and Mutula Kilonzo opposed the bid to have Mwendwa take a plea.

Mwendwa was last Friday re-arrested, a day after the Director of Public Prosecutions closed a graft case against him.

He was questioned at DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road over the ongoing probe into claims of corruption at FKF.

Police at DCI headquarters said their probe was ongoing and added there was miscommunication that led to his release on Thursday.

He was detained at Gigiri police cells where he was on Saturday picked from for further statement recording and taken back.

Mwendwa was initially arrested on November 12 and spent a weekend behind bars before being released on bail of Sh4 million as investigations continued.

The DPP had been given seven days to prefer charges against Mwendwa 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 on Thursday.

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

Mwendwa 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.

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