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DPP Haji Wants Nick Mwendwa Prosecuted

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The director of public prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has asked a Kiambu Court to allow him to prosecute the embattled Federation of Kenya Football (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa over theft of Sh8.5million and conspiracy to defraud the football body Sh29.5million.

While presenting evidence in support of the fresh case filed against Mwendwa, the DPP through Kiambu County prosecutor Everlyn Onunga, said he has enough evidence to support and prove the theft charges against the football boss.

In the first theft charge, Mwendwa is alleged to have stolen Sh2,500,000 on May 15 last year belonging to the federation.

The second charge states, on March 4, last year Mwendwa stole Sh5million.

The third indictment is that of stealing Sh1million on May 6, last year and the fourth one, conspiring to defraud FKF Sh29,502,709 jointly with others not before the court.

Onunga told Kiambu senior resident magistrate Wilson Rading that the decision to charge Mwendwa was “informed by the sufficiency of evidence or record and the public interest and not any other consideration.”

Onunga appearing alongside Terry Kehoro presented to the court and to Mwendwa lawyers Eric Mutua, Charles Njenga and Victor Omwebu, 71 documents in support of the four charges.

The documentary evidence includes bank transactions from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), NCBA, NIC Bank including the approved budget for FKF for three years.

“FKF approved budgets for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 was KSh 797,259,232, KSh 1,241,991,520 and KSh 1,004,565,145 respectively,” the inspection report of the FKF committee appointed by outgoing Sports CS Amina Mohammed shows.

Onunga urged Rading to dismiss the application by Mwendwa seeking to block the DPP from prosecuting him saying it has not met the threshold.
DNation bodytext: Onunga told the court that Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Esther Maina declined to restrain the Kiambu trial.

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FIFA Lifts Ban Imposed on Kenya

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World football governing body FIFA on Monday, November 28, lifted the ban on Kenya.

In a letter from Secretary-General Fatma Samoura to FKF CEO Barry Otieno, a delegation comprising FIFA and CAF will be deployed to Kenya to define the next steps.

FIFA also announced plans to meet the new Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba in a bid to iron out further issues in the country’s sports sector.

FIFA suspended Kenya from all footballing activities in February 2022, after former Sports CS Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation in November 2021.

This prevented Kenya from taking part in all international competitions. Following the ban, Kenya missed out on three continental competitions including the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, CAF confederations and Champions League games.

This formed part of CS Namwamba’s key focus when assuming office. On his first day in office, the Sports CS engaged FIFA on a phone call in a bid to resolve the impasse.

“On my first day in office, I engaged FIFA on the phone to commence the process of resolving the impasse that has seen Kenya banned by the world football governing body.

“Government is committed to returning Kenyan football to normalcy in sync with the rule of law and public good,” he previously stated.

In a bid to seal the deal, the Sports CS met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday, November 24, to ensure the country was in good books with the Federation.

“I met in Doha today; FIFA President Gianni Infantino, General Secretary Fatma Samoura and CAF President Patrice Motsepe.

“I congratulate Qatar for superbly hosting the world’s most loved sporting event, and commend FIFA for making football truly global,” Namwamba noted.

Via Kenyans.co.ke

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Steven Gerrad Tenure at Aston Villa Ends Indefinitely After 3-0 Defeat Against Fulham

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Aston Villa have sacked their coach Steven Gerrard following 3-0 defeat to Fulham on Thursday night.

The former Liverpool midfielder took charge at Villa Park last November and secured 14th-placed finish in 2021/22.

Villa have won two of 12 Premier League games this season.

The club’s decision was announced shortly after Gerrard’s side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage – Villa’s sixth defeat in just 11 Premier League games.

A statement released after the match read: Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect.

A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”

Gerrad replaced Dean Smith at Villa Park on November 11, 2021 and lasted less than a year before he became the fourth top-flight manager to lose his job so far this season, following Scott Parker, Thomas Tuchel and Bruno Lage.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel are eyed keenly by Villa, but whether the Birmingham club could entice either man to Villa Park remains to be seen.

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