#VOA. | Kenya football federation official arrested

He was arrested by police at a Nairobi hotel the day after the Kenyan government’s decision to appoint an interim committee to run the federation after an investigation found it had embezzled government and other funds sponsors, which the FKF denies.

Directed by Nick Mwendwa, 41, since 2016, the FKF has been the target of controversy and accusations of embezzlement in recent years.

“He was arrested and is being questioned at our headquarters,” said George Kinoti, head of police criminal investigations.

Sports Minister Amina Mohamed announced on Thursday that the FKF had been placed under supervision and appointed an interim committee chaired by a former judge to manage it for a period of six months.

The International Football Federation (FIFA), however, has warned Kenya that it could be suspended if this decision is not reconsidered. According to FIFA, this decision “is clearly contrary” to the principle that federations run their affairs independently and free from the influence of third parties.

Mwendwa said for his part that he would oppose the placement under guardianship and affirmed that he had not committed any wrongdoing.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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