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|Case Number:||Civil Appeal 387 of 2013|
|Parties:||Marie Stopes-Kenya v Faith Nyambura|
|Date Delivered:||18 Nov 2015|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||David Anasi Onyancha|
|Citation:||Marie Stopes-Kenya v Faith Nyambura  eKLR|
|Case Outcome:||Application dismissed|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI
CIVIL APPEAL NO. 387 OF 2013
MARIE STOPES-KENYA. …………………………………. APPELLANT
FAITH NYAMBURA. …………………………………….. RESPONDENT
R U L I N G
The application before the court is the Notice of Motion dated and filed in court on 4th February, 2015. It seeks dismissal of this appeal dated 9th July, 2013 and filed in court on 10th July, 2013, upon the ground that the appeal has not been prosecuted since it was filed and that such lack of prosecution is a lack of interest in the appeal.
The record shows that the Appellant filed the Record of Appeal on 4th March, 2015 after the application to dismiss had been filed but not prosecuted.
It is noted from the record also that the appeal has since been admitted the 10th March, 2015, the same day the parties argued the application.
Furthermore, the record shows that the parties by consent entered a stay of execution of the decree of the lower court, on condition that the Appellant/Defendants deposit in a joint-interest earning bank account, the decretal sum of Ksh.1,700,000/-. The deposit was duly made.
I have carefully perused and considered the submissions made by both sides for and against dismissal of the appeal. In my view the appeal is not that old. The Appellant has filed the Record of Appeal. The court admitted the same in March, 2015. A little more necessary delay will not prejudice the Respondent much, especially because the decretal sum is safely in a joint-counsel-interest earning account. If the appeal does not succeed, the Respondent will readily obtain the fruits of his judgment.
It is also, however noted, that now that the Record of Appeal is in place, there is no reason why the appeal should not be prosecuted without delay.
As to the issue of interest in the appeal, the Appellant by filing the Record of Appeal, has demonstrated sufficient interest. In the circumstances, all that remains to be done is to fix the appeal for directions and proceed to take a hearing date. That one of the parties against whom the decree had been passed did not appeal was clearly in favour of the Respondent. She must be harbouring some good reason why she has not moved in part or whole for execution against the said party and it is not presently an issue before this court.
The conclusion the court reaches is that this application to dismiss the appeal is not granted at this stage and is accordingly compromised on the following orders.
D A ONYANCHA
Dated and delivered at Nairobi this 18th day of November, 2015.