Nick Mwendwa has resigned as the Football Kenya Federation president.He has handed over his duties to the Vice President Doris Petra this Tuesday,30th November.
In a letter to the National Executive Committe on Tuesday, he said, “In light of the foregoing, specifically, the frequent arrests and detentions, which have adversely affected my family and personal business and whilst I am confident I will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the end, I have today in accordance with Article 42(8) of the FKF constitution (2017)asked my Vice President Madam Doris Petra to assume all functions of the FKF president.”
“Taking into consideration that I am personally being targeted in all this, my decision, has been arrived at with the federation’s best interest at heart.”
Mwendwa had earlier on Tuesday lost a bid to block his prosecution.He was charged with Sh38 million fraud in which he pleaded not guilty.
Milimani senior principal magistrate Eunice Nyutu granted him Sh10 million bail or bond of Sh15 million with two sureties of a similar amount.
Mwendwa was barred from accessing FKF offices, contacting witnesses and publishing in the media anything about the case.
The case will be mentioned on December 20.
Mwendwa had been in police custody since Friday 26th November afternoon just a day after he had been set free after his graft case being closed.
Mwendwa was driving along Kiambu Road to the CBD when his car was blocked.
Mutua Eric, Mwendwa’s lawyer said police informed him they will file a charge of alleged misappropriation of Sh8 million from the federation.
Mwendwa was arrested along Kiambu Road on 26th November as he drove to the city centre and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for grilling.
He was detained at Gigiri police cells where he was Saturday picked from for further statement recording and taken back.
Prosecutors in the case asked for the file on the probe from police for perusal and action ahead of the planned arraignment.
Eric Mutua said he was aware the prosecutors were in discussion with the police over the new developments.
Mwendwa was initially arrested on November 12 and spent a weekend behind bars before being released on a bail of Sh4 million as investigations continued.
Nairobi magistrate Wandia Nyamu dismissed the application after prosecutors, who had applied for seven days to enable them to conduct investigations, sought to close the file against him.
The magistrate ordered Mwendwa be refunded his bail payment. Mutua wrote a protest letter to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Director of Public Prosecution and the DCI over the new arrest.
“While Mwendwa was being driven by along Kiambu Road, his vehicle was intercepted by two unmarked vehicles, bundled into one of them and taken to DCI headquarters where he is being detained,” Mutua’s letter says.
Mwendwa has stepped aside in order to clear his name from what he is being charged of first.