A Kenyan court dismissed corruption charges against the suspended head of the national football body on Thursday and declared the case closed after the state failed to present any evidence against him.
On November 12, Nick Mwendwa was arrested, a day after Sports Minister Amina Mohamed appointed a caretaker committee to run the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) following an investigation into alleged financial irregularities during his tenure.
However, Nairobi magistrate Wandia Nyamu dismissed the case after prosecutors sought to close the file against the 42-year-old after requesting seven days to conduct investigations.
“I, therefore, order that this matter be closed,” Nyamu said, also ordering that Mwendwa’s four-million-shilling ($35,500) bail payment be refunded.
The prosecution, on the other hand, stated that it intended to continue its investigation into the FKF’s finances after Mohamed accused the organization of failing to account for funds received from the government and other sponsors.
On Wednesday, the FKF caretaker committee met with Kenya’s top-tier clubs and announced that the domestic league would resume on December 4 after being postponed for two weeks due to the federation’s suspension.