In Summary
  • The other court officials arrested alongside Mr Kagoni include Ruiru court assistant Onesmus Momanyi, Mombasa court executive assistant Abdallah Awadh and court staff Lawrence Thoya.
  • The law requires that seized property of a suspect are forfeited to the state upon his conviction.

When Mombasa Principal Magistrate Edgar Kagoni condemned Tanzanian drug trafficker Hussein Masoud to a 30-year jail term and fined him Sh90 million, he warned that the sentence would act as a deterrent to anyone who might be tempted to engage in the illicit trade.

Three months down the line, the harsh warning he gave has come to haunt him as he spends his weekend in police cells.

10.2 KGS HEROIN

Mr Kagoni was arrested at dawn on Saturday alongside three other court officials for mishandling exhibits used in Mr Masoud’s case, which included 10.2 kilograms of heroin worth Sh30 million and Sh600,000 cash.

A police brief seen by the Nation indicated that Mr Kagoni, who has been working in Mombasa for three years, was being held at Mombasa Port police.

“Principal Magistrate Court 7 Mombasa, Hon. Edgar Matsigulu Kagoni, has been put in cells at port police by DCI officers," reads the police brief.

Reliable sources told Nation that the orders for the arrest of the magistrate came from the Anti-Narcotics Director Dr Hamisi Massa who has been leading the fight against drug trafficking at the Coast in recent weeks.

ARRESTED

The other court officials arrested alongside Mr Kagoni include Ruiru court assistant Onesmus Momanyi, Mombasa court executive assistant Abdallah Awadh and court staff Lawrence Thoya.

Mr Momanyi, who was on Saturday being held in Nairobi, was the court assistant in Mombasa at the time of Masoud’s sentencing. He has since been moved to Ruiru.

Mr Awadh and Mr Thoya are being held at the Nyali and Makupa police stations awaiting to be charged in court on Monday.

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji on Saturday said the four mishandled the exhibits which went missing on diverse dates between June 28 and July 26.

The exhibits were reported missing from the store after Mr Kagoni jailed Masoud.

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