Kenya’s suspended football chief was charged with corruption on Tuesday and accused of embezzling a whole lot of hundreds of shillings, decrease than each week after the state dropped a graft case in direction of him.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa was arrested a second time on Friday for allegedly embezzling 38 million shillings ($337,000) acquired from the federal authorities and totally different sponsors.
At a listening to sooner than a Nairobi extreme court docket docket, the 42-year-old denied all costs in direction of him collectively with fraudulently shopping for public funds and conspiracy to commit corruption.
Mwendwa, who has been head of the FKF since 2016, was first arrested on November 12 after the federal authorities disbanded FKF and prepare a caretaker committee to run football over alleged financial impropriety all through his tenure.
However, a court docket docket remaining Thursday declared the case in direction of Mwendwa closed after the state failed to supply any proof in direction of him.
Judge Eunice Nyutu, who oversaw Tuesday’s listening to, ordered him launched on bail until his subsequent court docket docket look on December 20.
The embattled football chief, who may be proprietor of the top-flight league membership Kariobangi Sharks, was ordered to deposit his passport with the court docket docket and barred from accessing the FKF locations of labor or interfering with prosecution witnesses.
Kenyan football has prolonged been beset by financial woes often stemming from poor administration and corruption, whereas Kenya’s nationwide group the Harambee Stars have didn’t shine on the pitch.
Chinese media and electronics agency StarTimes remaining week launched it was cancelling a severe sponsorship deal to broadcast Kenyan premier league matches.
“The persistent acrimony between the governing physique and its key stakeholders amongst them media and prime tier golf gear has negatively affected the league’s mannequin affinity,” the company talked about in a press launch.
A Nigerian sports activities actions betting company cancelled its sponsorship of Kenya’s vital football league in August, days after two of the nation’s prime teams complained of non-payments.
The league confronted a financial catastrophe after the exit of 1 different title sponsor, on-line gaming company SportPesa, in September 2019 following a protracted tax row with the federal authorities.
Football’s world governing physique FIFA has warned Kenya it risked a ban if the federal authorities did not rethink reinstating Mwendwa’s group.