The High Court has granted Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa a Ksh.4,000,000 cash bail.
Mwendwa has also been barred from accessing the Federation’s office pending a conclusive investigation into the alleged embezzlement of public funds in his office.
This even as he awaits a ruling this Wednesday whether the Court will grant him a Ksh.7,000,000 bond.
Earlier in the day, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers had filed an application seeking to have Mwendwa detained for a further two weeks pending investigations.
Mwendwa was arrested on Friday last week and was grilled over the federation’s misappropriation of over Ksh.240 million 2019 African Cup of Nations funds.
He was also grilled questioned on how FKF spent Ksh430 million advanced to FKF from 2016 by the Sports, Arts and Social Development for running football activities.
Mwendwa’s arrest has, however, attracted the global eye, with the football governing body, FIFA, threatening to ban Kenyan football over Kenyan government interference in sports activities.
On Sunday evening FIFA wrote to the Kenyan government demanding an urgent virtual meeting with Cabinet Secretary of Sports Amina Mohammed.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura is seeking a meeting to resolve the current situation to avoid suspension of FKF by FIFA.
In recognizing the Government’s effort to find a long-lasting solution to FKF, Samoura insisted on the reinstatement of the suspended FKF administration.
“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have been raised and any potential trial for offences that may have been committed, FIFA and CAF are asking you to consider the reinstatement of the FKF Executive Committee as prior thereto,” wrote Samoura.
She also added that “FIFA and CAF administrations are prepared to work closely with FKF and your office representatives – as it has already been the case in the recent past-to normalize the situation.”
Samoura termed the caretaker committee appointed to run for six months as illegal and the CS’s decision as going against FIFA’s principle of member associations by being independent of third parties.
CS Amina disbanded the FKF officials on November 12 following an audit report by Sports registrar Rose Wasike unearthing irregularities on the money allocated by the government.