Why was Justice Sankale ole Kantai of the Court of Appeal was arrested by DCI sleuths? Our sources allege that his arrest was politically engineered and executed early today when he was nabbed and driven to DCI headquarters along Kiambu road.
Court of Appeal Judge Sankale ole Kantai is now embroiled in the murder case of businessman Tob Cohen. He was arrested in Kiembeni, Mombasa and then brought to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi. He recorded a statement with homicide detectives before being released.
It still remains unclear why he was arrested and what the details of his statement entail. This comes barely two weeks after the main murder suspect Sarah Cohen, who is out on bail, contested her late husbands’ will claiming it was forged.
The DCI has not, on their sid, responded nor issued out a reason why the Court of Appeal Judge was arrested in Nairobi.Justice Kantai was among several judges affected by a reshuffle in February 2019. Chief Justice David Maraga transferred him from Nyeri to Nairobi, alongside Malindi’s Justice Wanjiru Karanja and Kisumu’s Hannah Okwengu and Jamila Mohammed. The Judiciary noted that the transfers were normal and routinely, in line with the requirement for Court of Appeal judges to serve in a station for two years.
In June 2018, Justice Kantai disqualified himself from the Embu governorship case, saying one of the parties tried to compromise him. Most of the judges that were moved were mentioned in rows concerning the 2017 general election and in corruption cases.