Africa-Press – Kenya. Suspended Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa, has scored big in the graft case facing him after the state closed his file.
According to a court ruling delivered on Thursday, November 25, the government closed Mwendwa’s file.
Further, the court ordered the cash bail of Ksh4 million that he had deposited to secure his freedom be refunded.
The Prosecution had been granted seven days to prefer charges against the embattled FKF boss but when the matter came for mention virtually, it requested to close the file.
“We seek to close the file as we proceed with investigations at our own pace before we prefer charges against him,” prosecution said.
Following the new development senior resident magistrate Wandia Nyamu allowed the state request to close the miscellaneous file.
“I therefore order this matter closed as prayed by the DPP, ” Wandia stated.
Mwendwa lawyers led by Eric Mutua, Professor Tom Ojienda, Nelson Havi and John Khaminwa did not oppose the request by the DPP to close the investigations file for the time being.
Mwendwa was charged with abuse of office and misappropriation of tax payers money.
His team was also disbanded by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, who formed a caretaker committee to run the football affairs in the country for the next six months.
The suspended boss had been freed on a bond of Ksh7 million with two sureties or a cash bail of Ksh4 million cash bail with two contact persons.
Mwendwa was also barred from accessing FKF office or attending any football activities until court delivers its final ruling.
This is despite the prosecution’s request to detain Mwendwa for 14 days in order to enable officers to complete investigations over the alleged misuse of funds.
The prosecution had alleged that Mwendwa would likely interfere with the ongoing investigations.
“Mwendwa will most likely destroy or conceal relevant evidence or otherwise interfere with witnesses and evidence collection thus compromising the investigations should he be released at the moment,” the prosecution team stated.