Nick Mwendwa: Embattled FKF President Charged with Four Counts of Fraud, freed on KSh 10m cash bail

Nick Mwendwa: Embattled FKF President Charged with Four Counts of Fraud, freed on KSh 10m cash bail

  • The DPP continued fraud investigations against Nick Mwendwa, after his initial file was closed
  • The embattled FKF boss was on Monday charged with four counts of fraud
  • Mwendwa, through his federation, is accused of making fictitious withdrawals of more than 29 million
  • After four days in police custody, Mwendwa was freed on KSh 15m bond or KSh 10m cash bail

Embattled Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa has been freed on a KSh 15 million bond of KSh 10 million cash bail.

Nick Mwendwa
After pleading not guilty, Principal magistrate Eunice Nyutu granted Mwendwa KSh10 million bail or bond of KSh 15 million with two sureties of a similar amount. Photo: Getty.
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This is after the FKF boss was charged with four counts of fraud.

Mwendwa was arraigned before the Milimani Anti-corruption court's Chief magistrate Eunice Nyutu on Monday, November 29.

The Director of Public Prosecutions wanted the FKF boss to be charged with unlawful acquisition of public property.

The offences, according to police documents, took place between March 4 and May 31 this year.

He is accused of fictitious withdrawals amounting to KSh 29,502,302 and money transfers of up to KSh 8.5 million which were transferred to private bank accounts.

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Mwendwa spent another night in police custody on Monday and after a bail hearing on Tuesday, he was freed with some stringent conditions attached to his bail.

He is expected to deposit his travel documents with the court to disable his travel outside the country. He is also not allowed to interact with media through interviews or press conferences.

Amid fresh charges being placed on the FKF President, his lawyers Eric Mutua and Mutula Kilonzo strongly opposed the bid to have him take a plea as they questioned the legality of the charge.

His Monday court appearance came days after he was arrested once again, spending another weekend behind bars.

The initial arrest came on November 12 and he was eventually released on a KSh 4 million cash bail.

At the time, the DPP had been given seven days to prefer charges against Mwendwa, but his file was eventually closed.

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Authorities, however, later clarified that the fraud case was still very much open.

"It was only a miscellaneous application by police to have Mwendwa remanded in police custody for a longer period of 14 days to enable completion of investigation before being charged formally," Bruno Shioso, a Kenya Police spokesperson told BBC.

A pre-trial date is set for December 20 2021.

Source: Sports Brief News