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Republic V Kenya Forestry Service & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Judicial Review 15 of 2013 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Mathew John Anyara Emukule

Court: High Court at Nakuru

Parties: Republic v Kenya Forestry Service & Eliud Kinegeni

Citation: Republic V Kenya Forestry Service & Another [2014] eKLR

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Middle East Bank Kenya Ltd V Prisko Petroleum Network Ltd & 5 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 52 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Middle East Bank Kenya Ltd v Prisko Petroleum Network Ltd, Charles Waithaka King'ori, Shadrack Ndambuki Kombo, Elijah John Mwangi Kinyanjui, Naphtali Mungai Mureithi & Charles Nyakundi

Citation: Middle East Bank Kenya Ltd V Prisko Petroleum Network Ltd & 5 Others [2014] eKLR

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Francis Osoro Marko V Johnson Kemoni & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Civil Case 127 of 1993 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: Environment and Land Court at Kisii

Parties: Francis Osoro Marko v Johnson Kemoni & Nyagwako Ogora alias Kennedy Kemoni Bwogora

Citation: Francis Osoro Marko V Johnson Kemoni & Another [2014] eKLR

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Consumer Federation Of Kenya (Cofek) (Suing Through Its Officials Namely Stephen Mutoro, Ephraim Kanake And Henry Ochieng) V Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Labour, Social Security And Services & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Petition 284 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Isaac Lenaola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Consumer Federation Of Kenya (Cofek) (Suing Through Its Officials Namely Stephen Mutoro, Ephraim Kanake And Henry Ochieng) v Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Labour, Social Security And Services, National Social Security Fund, Attorney General & Richard Lang’at

Citation: Consumer Federation Of Kenya (Cofek) (Suing Through Its Officials Namely Stephen Mutoro, Ephraim Kanake And Henry Ochieng) V Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of Labour, Social Security And Services & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

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Showcase Properties Limited V Bamburi Special Products Limited [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 577 of 2011 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Showcase Properties Limited v Bamburi Special Products Limited

Citation: Showcase Properties Limited V Bamburi Special Products Limited [2014] eKLR

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John Kaguu Githae V Kenya Commercial Bank Limited & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Suit 34 of 2013 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Mathew John Anyara Emukule

Court: High Court at Nakuru

Parties: John Kaguu Githae v Kenya Commercial Bank Limited, John Patrick Machira & Amy Wairimu Githae

Citation: John Kaguu Githae V Kenya Commercial Bank Limited & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

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Nelson Omolo Achola V George Omondi Ajwala [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Case 321 of 2013 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Nelson Omolo Achola v George Omondi Ajwala

Citation: Nelson Omolo Achola V George Omondi Ajwala [2014] eKLR

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Amili Limited V Registrar Of Companies & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 423 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Amili Limited v Registrar of Companies & Attorney General

Citation: Amili Limited V Registrar Of Companies & Another [2014] eKLR

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Florence Mumbi Njine V Kefa Oketchi Muinde [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Civil Case 82 of 2012 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Florence Mumbi Njine v Kefa Oketchi Muinde

Citation: Florence Mumbi Njine V Kefa Oketchi Muinde [2014] eKLR

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Daniel Magondu Mutegi V Joseph Mugao Makunyi [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Appeal 81 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Mutungi Charles Kariuki

Court: High Court at Machakos

Parties: Daniel Magondu Mutegi v Joseph Mugao Makunyi

Citation: Daniel Magondu Mutegi V Joseph Mugao Makunyi [2014] eKLR

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Susan Nyamokami Mariga V Francis Nyaata Marocha [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Civil Case 234 of 2011 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Susan Nyamokami Mariga v Francis Nyaata Marocha

Citation: Susan Nyamokami Mariga V Francis Nyaata Marocha [2014] eKLR

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Francis Nyangau Monari V K-Rep Bank Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Case 399 of 2013 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Francis Nyangau Monari v K-Rep Bank Limited & Hezron Miyungo t/a Rohemic Petroleum Products Services

Citation: Francis Nyangau Monari V K-Rep Bank Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

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Rinya Hospital Limited V Awendo Town Council & 21 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment And Land Civil Case 99 of 2007 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: Environment and Land Court at Kisii

Parties: Rinya Hospital Limited v Awendo Town Council, John Odongo Wadeya, Michael Ngoya, Rubin Adera, Joshua Ombago Ogutu, Moses Odhiambo Okello, Lomo, Oketch Owino, Gilbert Oluoch Nyandiga, Philip Owino, Okello Olwal, Kennedy Oniero, Dickson Onyango, Jakon Kisino Nyakwesi, Bernard Onjiko, Charles Saoke Okodo, Oloo Manyala, Charles Ogada, Kennedy Otieno Odongo, Ayub Otieno, Kennedy Ongati & George Owino Owenga

Citation: Rinya Hospital Limited V Awendo Town Council & 21 Others [2014] eKLR

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Anilkumar Manubhai Patel & Another V Andrew Odongo Okello [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment And Land Civil Case 258 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Anilkumar Manubhai Patel & another v Andrew Odongo Okello

Citation: Anilkumar Manubhai Patel & Another V Andrew Odongo Okello [2014] eKLR

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Wilson Dinda Olilo V Principal Magistrate’s Court, Oyugis Law Courts & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Petition 8 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: Environment and Land Court at Kisii

Parties: Wilson Dinda Olilo v Principal Magistrate’s Court, Oyugis Law Courts, District Land Registrar, Rachuonyo District, Attorney General & Dalmas Akech Ngiela

Citation: Wilson Dinda Olilo V Principal Magistrate’s Court, Oyugis Law Courts & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

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BM Logistics Ltd V Kenya National Bureau Of Statistics & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 79 of 2010 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: BM Logistics Ltd v Kenya National Bureau of Statistics & Bulk Movers and Logistics (EA) Co. Ltd

Citation: BM Logistics Ltd V Kenya National Bureau Of Statistics & Another [2014] eKLR

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Sacapheso International Limited V Eversweet Bakery Limited [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment and Land Civil Case 439 of 2013 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Samson Odhiambo Okong'o

Court: High Court at Kisii

Parties: Sacapheso International Limited v Eversweet Bakery Limited

Citation: Sacapheso International Limited V Eversweet Bakery Limited [2014] eKLR

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In Re George Waweru Wanjohi [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Bankruptcy Cause 10 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: In Re George Waweru Wanjohi

Citation: In Re George Waweru Wanjohi [2014] eKLR

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True North Construction Company Limited & 3 Others V Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Another [2015] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 26 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: True North Construction Company Limited, Benson Murumba Sifuma , Daudi Kiptugen & Dorothy Chemutai Yator v Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Kenya National Highways Authority

Citation: True North Construction Company Limited & 3 Others V Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Another [2015] eKLR

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Cornerstone Security Services (K) Limited V National Cereals & Produce Board 2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 389 of 2014 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Cornerstone Security Services (K) Limited v National Cereals & Produce Board

Citation: Cornerstone Security Services (K) Limited V National Cereals & Produce Board 2014] eKLR

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Charles Onyango Anguka And Gerphas Obonyo Training As Jopiju Electrical And General Works V Equity Bank Limited & Another [2014] EKL

Case Number: Civil Case 578 of 2009 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Eric Kennedy Okumu Ogola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Charles Onyango Anguka and Gerphas Obonyo training as Jopiju Electrical and General Works v Equity Bank Limited & Elisha Ochieng Ombere training as Jupiju Electrical Services Contractor

Citation: Charles Onyango Anguka And Gerphas Obonyo Training As Jopiju Electrical And General Works V Equity Bank Limited & Another [2014] EKL

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Peter Mburu Burugu V Margaret Njeri Mburu [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Suit 2276 of 1998 Date Delivered: 31 Oct 2014

Judge: Lucy Nyambura Gacheru

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Peter Mburu Burugu v Margaret Njeri Mburu

Citation: Peter Mburu Burugu V Margaret Njeri Mburu [2014] eKLR

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Ibrahim Mungara Kamau V Francis Ndegwa Mwangi [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Suit 120 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Lucy Nyambura Gacheru

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Ibrahim Mungara Kamau v Francis Ndegwa Mwangi

Citation: Ibrahim Mungara Kamau V Francis Ndegwa Mwangi [2014] eKLR

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Francis Marete V Philip Njeru Mwathi & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: E & L Case 68 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Peter Muchoki Njoroge

Court: High Court at Meru

Parties: Francis Marete v Philip Njeru Mwathi, Josphat Kithaka Kamwara, Tharaka District Land Adjudication Officer & Attorney General

Citation: Francis Marete V Philip Njeru Mwathi & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

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Reuben Lotim Anisomuk & 7 Others V Director Of Kenya Forest Service & 5 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Constitutional Petition 1 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Elija Ogoti Obaga

Court: High Court at Kitale

Parties: Reuben Lotim Anisomuk & 7 others v Director of Kenya Forest Service & 5 others

Citation: Reuben Lotim Anisomuk & 7 Others V Director Of Kenya Forest Service & 5 Others [2014] eKLR

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Delila Nanyama Wabuyele V Jairus Khaemba Sabuni & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Environment And Land Case 207 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Anne Omollo

Court: Environment and Land Court at Bungoma

Parties: Delila Nanyama Wabuyele v Jairus Khaemba Sabuni & John Kariuki Njuguna

Citation: Delila Nanyama Wabuyele V Jairus Khaemba Sabuni & Another [2014] eKLR

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Mary Adhiambo Otieno V Raymond Oloo Ndong [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Appeal 21 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: David Shikomera Majanja

Court: High Court at Homabay

Parties: Mary Adhiambo Otieno v Raymond Oloo Ndong

Citation: Mary Adhiambo Otieno V Raymond Oloo Ndong [2014] eKLR

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Chamanlal Kamani & 2 Others V Attorney General [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Petition 326 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Isaac Lenaola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Chamanlal Kamani & 2 others v Attorney General

Citation: Chamanlal Kamani & 2 Others V Attorney General [2014] eKLR

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Muungano Wa Wanavijiji & 40 Others V Attorney General & 17 Others[2014] eKLR

Case Number: Petition 403 of 2012 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Isaac Lenaola

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Muungano Wa Wanavijiji, Eric Maingi, Kevin Musomba, Christian Sada, Janet Nyamata, Mukuru Health Ad, Elijah, Roseline,Evans Kidala, Jacky Nyabos, James Arisa, Isaac Mose, Ruben Afya, Bridge Rurawebu, Bernard Mutiso, Stellamaries Nkonge, Henry Ongeri,Judith, Gideon Mbinda,Richard Musetu,Job Ombasa, Henry Nyabuto, Kilonzo Wilson,Eliud Ngare, Millicent Akinyi, Walter Khova,Jomo Oanga, Cliff Obonyo, Jane Asiko, Judith Musimbi, Josphat Mutiso, Kennedy Ototo, Samuel Kaunde, William Adoyo, Patere Ecarigo, Jonathan Wachira,Carol Mueni, Alex Vuguso, Dancan Mwaro, Wilson Mutua & Samuel v Attorney General,The Minister For Lands,The Minister Of State Office Of The President In Charge Of Provincial Administration, Commissioner Of Lands, Retired President His Excellency,Daniel Arap Moi, Wilson Gachanj,Sammy Mwaita,James Raymond Njenga, John Joseph Kamotho, Kuza Farms And Allied Limited, Embakasi Developers Limited, Nash Motors Limited, Midway Ventures Limited, Orbit Chemicals Limited, Beta Engineering Ltd & Amsco Chemicals Ltd, Woodcraft Industries Limited,Jandu Investment (K) Limited & Oceanfreight Transport Co. Limited

Citation: Muungano Wa Wanavijiji & 40 Others V Attorney General & 17 Others[2014] eKLR

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Market Investments Limited V Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Suit 270 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Jacqueline Kamau

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Market Investments Limited v Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Meridian Acceptances Limited

Citation: Market Investments Limited V Eco Bank Kenya Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

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Jameny Mudaki Asava V Brown Oteng Asava & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Application 52 of 2014 (Ur. 36/2014) Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: David Kenani Maraga, Festus Azangalala, Sankale Ole Kantai

Court: Court of Appeal at Kisumu

Parties: Jameny Mudaki Asava v Brown Oteng Asava & Authur Mwanzi Asava

Citation: Jameny Mudaki Asava V Brown Oteng Asava & Another [2014] eKLR

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Republic V Joseph Mutua Kasuva [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Criminal Case 23 of 2013 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Beatrice Thuranira Jaden

Court: High Court at Machakos

Parties: Republic v Joseph Mutua Kasuva

Citation: Republic V Joseph Mutua Kasuva [2014] eKLR

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Rukia Raphael Toya V Stephen Wangura & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: ELC. 325 of 2010 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Samwel Ndungu Mukunya

Court: High Court at Mombasa

Parties: Rukia Raphael Toya v Stephen Wangura, Kalolo/Kibaoni/Baya Magonzi Upgrading Project Committee & Anderson Peru

Citation: Rukia Raphael Toya V Stephen Wangura & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

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Devki Steel Mills V Robert Aputo Amariati [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 559 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Roselyne Ekirapa Aburili

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Devki Steel Mills v Robert Aputo Amariati

Citation: Devki Steel Mills V Robert Aputo Amariati [2014] eKLR

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Jonathan Kasaine Mbutu & Another V Republic [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Criminal Revision 336 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Lilian Nabwire Mutende

Court: High Court at Machakos

Parties: Jonathan Kasaine Mbutu & Johnstone Jonisa Kenyatta v Republic

Citation: Jonathan Kasaine Mbutu & Another V Republic [2014] eKLR

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Benedicto Angweye Lusichi V Alfred Shimila Manyonge [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Appeal 500 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Enock Chacha Mwita

Court: High Court at Kakamega

Parties: Benedicto Angweye Lusichi v Alfred Shimila Manyonge

Citation: Benedicto Angweye Lusichi V Alfred Shimila Manyonge [2014] eKLR

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Republic V Chairman Imenti North District Land Disputes Tribunal & Another Ex-parte Mary Muthoni M'mbui [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Judicial Review 92 of 2011 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Peter Muchoki Njoroge

Court: Environment and Land Court at Meru

Parties: Republic v The Chairman Imenti North District Land Disputes Tribunal & David Muthengi Muriungi Ex-parte Mary Muthoni M'mbui

Citation: Republic V Chairman Imenti North District Land Disputes Tribunal & Another Ex-parte Mary Muthoni M'mbui [2014] eKLR

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Catherine C. Kittony V Jonathan Muindi & 2 Other [2014] eKLR

Case Number: E&L 210 of 2012 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Munyao Sila

Court: Environment and Land Court at Eldoret

Parties: Catherine C. Kittony v Jonathan Muindi, Chairman Kapsaret Division Land Disputes Tribunal & Attorney General

Citation: Catherine C. Kittony V Jonathan Muindi & 2 Other [2014] eKLR

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John Wekesa Khaoya V Ag. State Law Office [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Misc. App. 122 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Stephen Kibunja

Court: High Court at Busia

Parties: John Wekesa Khaoya v Ag. State Law Office

Citation: John Wekesa Khaoya V Ag. State Law Office [2014] eKLR

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Jaguar Petroleum Company Limited V Brighton Foods Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Suit 240 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Samwel Ndungu Mukunya

Court: Environment and Land Court at Mombasa

Parties: Jaguar Petroleum Company Limited v Brighton Foods Limited & Fusion Foods Limited

Citation: Jaguar Petroleum Company Limited V Brighton Foods Limited & Another [2014] eKLR

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Republic V Margaret Nyaguthi Kimeu [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Criminal Case 13 of 2009 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Beatrice Thuranira Jaden

Court: High Court at Machakos

Parties: Republic v Margaret Nyaguthi Kimeu

Citation: Republic V Margaret Nyaguthi Kimeu [2014] eKLR

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Republic V Minister Of Environment & Natural Resources & 3 Others Ex-parte Chorlim Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Misc Civil App 67 of 2006 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Elija Ogoti Obaga

Court: Environment and Land Court at Kitale

Parties: Republic v Minister of Environment & Natural Resources, DFO Trans Nzoia & Attorney General Ex-parte Chorlim Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd

Citation: Republic V Minister Of Environment & Natural Resources & 3 Others Ex-parte Chorlim Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd [2014] eKLR

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Martha Chelal & Another V Elijah Kipkemoi Boiywo & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: E&l 62 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Munyao Sila

Court: Environment and Land Court at Eldoret

Parties: Martha Chelal & Micah Kipyegomen v Elijah Kipkemoi Boiywo, Jonah Kurgat & District Land Registrar Uasin Gishu

Citation: Martha Chelal & Another V Elijah Kipkemoi Boiywo & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

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Zadock Furnitures Systems Limited & Another V Central Bank Of Kenya [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Misc Civil Application 193 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Francis Gikonyo

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division)

Parties: Zadock Furnitures Systems Limited & Maridadi Building Contractors Limited v Central Bank of Kenya

Citation: Zadock Furnitures Systems Limited & Another V Central Bank Of Kenya [2014] eKLR

Circumstances under Which a Court Can be Compelled to Strike off an Arbitrator

Zadock Furnitures Systems Limited & another v Central Bank of Kenya

Miscellaneous Civil Application 193 of 2014

High Court of Kenya at Nairobi

F Gikonyo (J)

October 30, 2014

Reported by Phoebe Ida Ayaya

FACTS

The applicant herein applied to court for the removal of the arbitrator on grounds that he had demonstrated partiality against the applicant’s counsel and lack of independence in the conduct of the arbitration.

ISSUES

  1. Whether the application to the court framed as an originating motion was in a competent form as to be sustainable
  2. What was the proper interpretation of sections 14(4) and (8) of the Arbitration Act
  3. Whether the circumstances of the case gave rise to justifiable doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the arbitrator

Arbitration – challenge to an arbitrator – proceedings to challenge an arbitrator – where the challenge to an arbitrator was filed in the High Court subsequent to being heard and dismissed by the arbitrator – where the challenge was filed by way of an originating motion – whether the challenge was competently filed – Arbitration Act, section 14(3); Constitution of Kenya, 2010 article 159(2)(d)

Arbitration – challenge to an arbitrator – proceedings to challenge an arbitrator – circumstances that give rise to justifiable doubt as to an arbitrator’s impartiality and independence – where the challenge to the arbitrator’s impartiality and independence was cast into doubt due to a multitude of grounds – whether the grounds raised were sufficient to impute the arbitrators partiality and lack of independence – Arbitration Act, section 13(3),

Statutes – interpretation of statutes – interpretation of section 14(4) of the Arbitration Act – interpretation of the word “shall” as used in the section – whether the word as used made the provision mandatory or optional – Arbitration Act, section 14(4)

Statutes – interpretation of statutes – interpretation of section 14(8) of the arbitration act – interpretation of the section with reference to continuance of arbitral proceedings while an application challenging an arbitrator was pending – whether it was the parties or the tribunal who had the power to decide whether the proceedings would continue or not – whether the court could grant an order for stay based on the parties’ challenge to the arbitrator – Arbitration Act, section 14(8)

Arbitration Act

Section 14(4) “on an application under subsection (3), the arbitrator who was challenged shall be entitled to appear and be heard before the High Court determines the application.”

Section 14(8) “while an application under subsection (3) is pending before the High Court, the parties may commence and conclude arbitral proceedings, but no award in such proceedings shall take effect until the application id decided, and such an award shall be void if the application is successful.”

HELD

  1. Pursuant to section 14(3) of the arbitration act that the challenging party who was unsuccessful before the arbitral tribunal had to apply to the High Court for relief 30 days after being notified of the decision to reject the challenge. The ruling rejecting the challenge was delivered on 30th April 2014 and the application was filed on 5th May 2014. As such it was not out of time.
  2. The title of the application indicated it was an application for challenge under section 14(3) of the Arbitration Act. In addition, although it was desirable to cite the relevant provisions of the law on which an application was premised, with the enactment of article 159(2)(d) of the Constitution, there had been a paradigm shift, with insistence on courts to decide cases on the substance rather than technicalities.
  3. Although several instances were cited in the arbitration rules where the mode of applying had been provided for a particular purpose, none of the rules provided the form that an application under section 14(3) of the Arbitration Act should take. An originating motion was an acceptable way of commencing substantive proceedings, and so there was nothing that prohibited its use to initiate a proceeding under section 14(3) of the arbitration act.
  4. The argument as to interpretation of section 14(4) of the Arbitration Act was with regard to the word shall – specifically to wit, whether the use of the word shall made it a mandatory requirement for the arbitrators presence during the hearing. The word ‘’shall’’ as used in the context referred to the right of the arbitrator to appear and be heard. It was a statutory expression of a much a higher constitutional principle of justice – that no party should be condemned unheard. The “mandatory nature” was to ensure that the Court gave the arbitrator the opportunity to be heard. The word did not make the exercise of the entitlement to appear and be heard, mandatory.
  5. The decision by the arbitrator not to invoke his right to be heard would however not prevent the court from determining the application. Thus the court order issued discharged it of its mandatory obligation to call upon the arbitrator to appear and be heard on the challenge and so the letter by the arbitrator was sufficient exercise of his entitlement to be heard under the section.
  6. The argument as to interpretation of section 14(8) of the Arbitration Act was that by asking for a stay of proceedings, the applicant was asking the court to re-write an Act of Parliament which would be an out-right contravention of the legislature’s wisdom in enacting the Section. The section vested in the parties – as opposed to the tribunal – the decision to commence, continue and conclude arbitral proceedings while an application under section 14(3) of the arbitration act was pending. If Parliament had intended the tribunal to make the decision to continue with the arbitral proceedings while such an application was pending, it would have enacted…the arbitral tribunal may…or something of that sort…instead of the parties may…as was the case with the provision in question.
  7. In the absence of an agreement of the parties therefore, section 14(8) of the Arbitration Act did not deny the Court jurisdiction to hear an application for stay and issue a stay while an application under section 14(3) of the Arbitration Act was pending.
  8. The grounds for removal of arbitrator were set out in section 13(3) of the arbitration act, but the one relevant to the application was “…only if circumstances exist that give rise to justifiable doubts as to his impartiality and independence...” This issue contained strands of arguments revolving around the stenographer, denial of the applicant an opportunity to present its case, the language used by the arbitrator and use of proceedings agreed to be off record.
  9. The circumstances surrounding the usage of stenography recording of proceedings and inquiries posed to the stenographer were justifiable as procedural issues relating to the inquiry itself. There was no particular style of carrying out an inquiry on such issues when they arose and therefore it would be invincible judicial folly to try to prescribe one. The choice by an arbitrator of a particular procedure, unless it breached his duty or completely negated the object of arbitration under the Arbitration Act ought not to be a basis for his removal.
  10. On the applicant being denied an opportunity to present its case two allegations arose: First, the allegation that the arbitrator assisted a witness was not accompanied by such concise particulars and proof of the specific questions asked and answers supplied by the arbitrator. In addition, looking at the record, there was nothing to support the allegation. Secondly, the allegation that the arbitrator interrupted and prevented the applicant’s counsel from carrying out cross-examination failed as there was nothing that showed that the arbitrator impeded cross-examination. The arbitrator merely sought for clarifications on certain issues especially on the documents he was cross-examining the witness on.
  11. The allegation that the arbitrator used unusually harsh language on counsel for the applicant was also not a ground for removal of the arbitrator. Instead, it was a matter of normal appellate judicial scrutiny.
  12. The final allegation, that the arbitrator recorded matters agreed upon to be off the record failed as the arbitrator categorically stated that he drew no adverse inferences from these recordings. As such it would not prejudice the applicant and so could not form a ground for impugning lack of impartiality and independence.

In sum, there being no circumstances that gave rise to justifiable doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the arbitrator, the challenge to his removal was dismissed and the order of stay of the arbitral proceedings was discharged.

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Muna Hussein Adarus & Another V Khalithum Adbullahi Omar [2014] eKLR

Case Number: ELC.304 of 2010 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Samwel Ndungu Mukunya

Court: High Court at Mombasa

Parties: Muna Hussein Adarus & Shifaa Hussein Adarus v Khalithum Adbullahi Omar

Citation: Muna Hussein Adarus & Another V Khalithum Adbullahi Omar [2014] eKLR

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Julius Gennings Gichoga & Another V Mwingoka Self Help Group & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Succession Cause 309 of 1994 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: James Aaron Makau

Court: High Court at Meru

Parties: Julius Gennings Gichoga & Erastus Mugiira M'magiri v Mwingoka Self Help Group, Janet Kaimuri Kinyua Mwai, Julius Mugambi & Joseph Nkarichia

Citation: Julius Gennings Gichoga & Another V Mwingoka Self Help Group & 3 Others [2014] eKLR

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Maria Kanario M'twamwari V Igoki Mutethia Farmers & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Civil Case 5 of 1990 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Peter Muchoki Njoroge

Court: High Court at Meru

Parties: Maria Kanario M'twamwari v Igoki Mutethia Farmers, Japhet Karuma & Zipporah Muchioka

Citation: Maria Kanario M'twamwari V Igoki Mutethia Farmers & 2 Others [2014] eKLR

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Republic V Bernard Wainaina Mwangi [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Criminal Case 46 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Stella Ngali Mutuku

Court: High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)

Parties: Republic v Bernard Wainaina Mwangi

Citation: Republic V Bernard Wainaina Mwangi [2014] eKLR

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Republic V John Maina Mwangi [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Miscellaneous Criminal App 15 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Jairus Ngaah

Court: High Court at Murang'a

Parties: Republic v John Maina Mwangi

Citation: Republic V John Maina Mwangi [2014] eKLR

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Anne Jerop V Director Of Public Prosecutions [2014] eKLR

Case Number: Misc. Criminal Revision 121 of 2014 Date Delivered: 30 Oct 2014

Judge: Cecilia Wathaiya Githua

Court: High Court at Eldoret

Parties: Anne Jerop v Director of Public Prosecutions

Citation: Anne Jerop V Director Of Public Prosecutions [2014] eKLR

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