A Kenyan court on Thursday dropped corruption charges against the suspended head of the national football body and declared the case closed after the state failed to provide any evidence against him.
Nick Mwendwa was arrested on November 12, a day after Sports Minister Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation and set up a caretaker committee to run its affairs, saying an investigation had uncovered alleged financial irregularities during his tenure.
Immediately after his release, Mwendwa returned to the court to challenge the legality of the caretaker committee and prevent it from running football in the country.
He is also seeking to stop the from pressing any future charges against him and his FKF colleagues on the basis of its investigation into the body’s finances.
Mwendwa, who has been head of the FKF since 2016 and is also the owner of the top-flight league club Kariobangi Sharks, has denied any wrongdoing.
But in a new blow to the FKF on Thursday, Chinese media and electronics company StarTimes 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 have negatively affected the league’s brand affinity,” the company said in a statement.
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