BETTING HOT NEWS KENYA Kenya’s football supremo charged with corruption 9 months ago Samuel Post Views: 258 Kenya’s suspended football chief was charged with corruption on Tuesday and accused of embezzling millions of shillings, less than a week after the state dropped a graft case against him. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa was arrested a second time on Friday for allegedly embezzling 38 million shillings ($337,000) received from the government and other sponsors. At a hearing before a Nairobi high court, the 42-year-old denied all charges against him including fraudulently acquiring public funds and conspiracy to commit corruption. Mwendwa, who has been head of the FKF since 2016, was first arrested on November 12 after the government disbanded FKF and set up a caretaker committee to run football over alleged financial impropriety during his tenure. However, a court last Thursday declared the case against Mwendwa closed after the state failed to provide any evidence against him. Judge Eunice Nyutu, who oversaw Tuesday’s hearing, ordered him released on bail until his next court appearance on December 20. The embattled football chief, who is also owner of the top-flight league club Kariobangi Sharks, was ordered to deposit his passport with the court and barred from accessing the FKF offices or interfering with prosecution witnesses. Kenyan football has long been beset by financial woes often stemming from poor management and corruption, while Kenya’s national team the Harambee Stars have failed to shine on the pitch. Chinese media and electronics company StarTimes last week announced it was cancelling a major sponsorship deal to broadcast Kenyan premier league matches. “The persistent acrimony between the governing body and its key stakeholders among them media and top tier clubs has negatively affected the league’s brand affinity,” – the company said in a statement. A Nigerian sports betting firm cancelled its sponsorship of Kenya’s main football league in August, days after two of the country’s top teams complained of non-payments. The league faced a financial crisis after the exit of another title sponsor, online gaming firm SportPesa, in September 2019 following a protracted tax row with the government. Football’s world governing body FIFA has warned Kenya it risked a ban if the government did not reconsider reinstating Mwendwa’s team. Source: sports.yahoo.com About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Football Kenya Federation, Nick Mwendwa, SportPesa Continue Reading Previous South African operator Hollywoodbets teams with ChalklineNext Pragmatic Play ventures into lucrative East African market More Stories BETTING KENYA Gambling operators ignore orders to close during the election 2 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING GHANA Ghana: Gaming Commission Must Regulate Industry 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Kenyans spend over KSh 300b on bets, cigarettes and liquor yearly 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA All About Cricket Betting 4 days ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS KENYA Poor tax policy erodes Kenya’s investor attractiveness – survey 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Kenyan government orders all operators to close for election day 4 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA The government should work with the betting industry 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski KENYA ONLINE The influencers paid to push hashtags 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA Eighteen new firms enter booming betting arena 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS KENYA Kenya launches AML probe focusing on betting operations 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS KENYA Digital scams have hit Kenya’s gambling and travel industry 2 weeks ago Samuel BETTING KENYA Tanzania joins Kenya, Uganda tax squeeze on gamblers’ winnings 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.