Embattled Kenyan football chief re-arrested

Suspended Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa. The reasons for his Friday arrest were not immediately clear.

Suspended Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa. The reasons for his Friday arrest were not immediately clear. Creator: Simon MAINA

Kenyan police on Friday re-arrested the country's embattled football chief, only a day after the state dropped a corruption case against him.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa is being held at police headquarters outside the capital Nairobi, the federation's secretary general Barry Otieno told reporters.

The reasons for his latest arrest were not immediately clear.

Mwendwa was first detained on November 12 after the government disbanded the FKF and set up a caretaker committee to run football over alleged financial impropriety during his tenure.

But a court on Thursday declared the case against Mwendwa closed after the state failed to provide any evidence against him.

The prosecution however said it planned to continue with its investigations into the finances of the football body.

Mwendwa, who has been head of the FKF since 2016 and is also owner of the top-flight league club Kariobangi Sharks, has denied any wrongdoing.

The 42-year-old on Thursday unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the caretaker committee from running the federation's affairs for an interim period of six months.

He had also sought to stop the government from pressing any future charges against him and his FKF colleagues on the basis of its investigation into the body's finances.

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