DCI petitions court to have FKF’s Nick Mwendwa detained for 14 more days

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 15 Nov, 2021 12:54 | 2 mins read
FKF ex-president Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/File

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti now wants Nick Mwendwa held for another 14 days to enable his officers to complete investigations into misuse of over Ksh 8.5 million at the Football Kenya federation.

Mwendwa who was arraigned before Milimani Law Courts Magistrate Wandia Nyamu did not plead to any fraud charges after the DCI filed an application seeking two weeks to complete the probe into the matter.

Kinoti through Chief Inspector Moses Mnangat urged the court to allow them to continue holding the Suspended FKF president at Capital Hill Police station for 14 days.

"My co-investigator and I are investigating cases of fraudulent acquisition of public property contrary to section 45(1)(a) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic crime Act, No. 3 of 2003 as well as failure to comply with any law or applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the procurement and Disposal contrary to section 45 (2)(b) read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Act,No 3 of 2003 whicb the respondent (Mwendwa) is a suspect," Mnangat said.

The court heard investigations into the matter started when a report was launched at DCI headquarters on November 12, 2021 by the Registrar of Sports.

It is said that the Registrar of Sports reported that an inspection committee had been appointed to carry out the inspection on the sports affairs of FKF and that the said committee had established that fictitious money transfers amounting to Ksh 8.5 million were transferred to private bank account including that of Mwendwa and that no documents were availed to justify the transfers.

The officer informed the court that they are yet to obtain relevant documents from Football Kenya Federation, various banks and record statements from various witnesses.

The prosecution wants Mwendwa detained saying if he is released on bail pending probe he will 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," officer Mnangat says