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Nick Mwendwa re-arrested

Nick Mwendwa was on Friday re-arrested, a day after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) closed a graft case against him.

The embattled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) suspended President was on Friday questioned at Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu Road, Nairobi, over the ongoing probe into claims of corruption at FKF.

The troubled FKF President was driving along Kiambu Road to the Central Business District (CBD) when his car was blocked and he was arrested and taken to and the   DCI headquarters.

One of his lawyers, Prof Tom Ojienda, arrived there moments after the news of his arrest went out.

Police at DCI headquarters said their probe was ongoing and added there was a miscommunication that led to his release on Thursday.

FKF CEO Barry Otieno confirmed the embattled FKF boss was re-arrested by detectives just a day after the state dropped corruption charges against him.

Mwendwa was initially arrested on November 12 and spent a weekend behind bars before being released on bail of Sh4 million as investigations continued.

The DPP had been given seven days to prefer charges against Mwendwa but chose to close its file.

“We seek to close the file as our team proceeds with probing the case at our own pace before we prefer charges against him,” said the DPP on Thursday.

Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Wandia Nyamu allowed the application by the DPP and ordered the matter closed.

Mwendwa was arrested over mismanagement of public funds disbursed to the federation by the government.

The state cited fictitious withdrawals amounting to Sh29,502,302 and money transfers of Sh8.5 million wired to private bank accounts including that of Nick Mwendwa.

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