Embattled Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa was this afternoon arrested at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi by a team of detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The arrest is coming just a day after Sports CS Amina Mohammed disbanded the FKF and appointed a 16 member caretaker committee to manage the body.
On Thursday, the Mwendwa rubbished the caretaker committee appointed by CS Amina, vowing to stay put in office.
”We, the ousted FKF officials, shall remain in charge, and football will continue in this country under our leadership. I reject the appointment of the 15-member committee to run FKF operations on the back of graft investigations. We won’t accept that decision by the Sports ministry,” he said.
”FKF conforms to FIFA statutes. We reject this move by the Sports ministry to disband the federation. No football member should uphold or listen to them,” he added.
In October this year, the High Court of Kenya cleared the path for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to investigate FKF President Nick Mwendwa over suspected misappropriation of funds at Kandanda House.
”The Petitioners claim that the FKF Constitution and the FIFA Statutes provides for a comprehensive mechanism of financial audit of all monies received by the FKF.
However, I am not convinced that the existence of an audit mechanism negates the investigative jurisdiction of the DCI and the DPP and specifically where a complaint of a financial crime has been made.
“I am unconvinced that the DCI and DPP have acted outside their mandate,” the by J.A Makau ruling reads in part.