Nick Mwendwa finally bowed to pressure by resigning as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president just hours after being charged in a court of law.
Mwendwa was charged in court over corruption involving Kshs38 million whereby he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His vice-president Doris Petra will now take over his duties in line with Article 42(8) of the FKF constitution.
In a letter to the National committee executive, Mwendwa said that stepped down due to the frequent arrests and detentions that have affected his private life.
The embattled ex-president however maintains his innocence and he is positive that the will be cleared of the allegations against him.
“In light of the foregoing, specifically, the frequent arrests and detentions, which have adversely affected my family and personal business and whilst I am confident I will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the end, I have today in accordance with Article 42(8) of the FKF constitution (2017)asked my Vice President Madam Doris Petra to assume all functions of the FKF president.”
“Taking into consideration that I am personally being targeted in all this, my decision has been arrived at with the federation’s best interest at heart,” part of the letter read.
Mwendwa’s attempt to block his prosecution earlier on Tuesday failed. Senior magistrate Eunice Nyutu dismissed Mwendwa’s application thus paving the way for fraudulent acquisition of public property and conspiracy to commit corruption charges.
The magistrate further warned Mwendwa against discussing the case in any media platform. He was released on a cash bail of Kshs10 million or a bond of Kshs15 million with two sureties.
“He is forbidden from accessing Football Kenya Federation offices, contacting or interfering with any of the witnesses and to deposit his passport in court as a condition for his release,” the magistrate ruled.
Mwendwa was charged with four counts which he is said to have committed between March and May this year.