The Director of Public Prosecutions has closed the file against disgraced former Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa without preferring any charges against him.
Mwendwa had been accused of running down football in Kenya. he was also accused of misappropriating funds.
Following the closure of the case, Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Wandia Nyamu ordered that the State refunds Mwendwa his cash bail of Sh. 4 million.
A special probe into the accounts of FKF had claimed that up to Sh. 550 million that was allocated to FKF has been looted. The report said that fictitious withdrawals of Sh. 29.5 million were done within a month. In addition, the report showed how up to Sh. 8.5 million was withdrawn from the FKF accounts and transferred to FKF boss Nick Mwendwa’s private bank accounts between March and May this year.
According to the probe report, there were no documents to support the expenditure of up to Sh. 513 million by the organization between December 18, 2017 and October 13, 2021.. The money was allocated to the FKF as as grants from the national government.
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The probe further claimed that FKF under Mwendwa had 14 different bank accounts, and cited duplication, since some of the account names in different banks were serving similar purposes. Other than Mwendwa, those listed as authorized signatories for the 14 federation bank accounts are Christine Akumu Ojude, Barry Omondi Otieno, Chris Amino and Doris Petra.
Last week, Justice Nyamu had ordered the DPP to charge Mwendwa within seven days or close his file. Justice Nyamu made the order after declining an application by the prosecution to detain Mwendwa for 14 days at Gigiri Police Station pending the ongoing investigations. It now remains to be seen whether Mwendwa will attempt to resume his role at FKF, where he has been banned from visiting.