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|Case Number:||Environment & Land Civil Case 243 of 2012 (OS)|
|Parties:||Richard Kimani, Ricky Kilonzo Nason, Musyoka David Mutiso, Rose Musembi, Evans Adela, Ahmed Okoko Adela, Victor Gichira Kangangi, Joseph Memba, Peter Njuguna Muira, Titus Keen Mwangi, Joel Muturia Muturi, Andrew Kamau Ndegwa, Silas Miranda Odera, Everlyne Kemnto Nyangau, Sylvester Juma, John Ndungu Muregwa, Daniel Kithome, Nelson Kyalo Mwikya, James Muthee Mureithi, Justus Nzioka Mutwiwa & Jones Nthenge Mue v Rosemary B. Koinange|
|Date Delivered:||25 Jul 2019|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||Loice Chepkemoi Komingoi|
|Citation:||Richard Kimani & 20 others v Rosemary B. Koinange  eKLR|
|Court Division:||Environment and Land|
|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 ENVIRONMENT AND LAND COURT
ELC CIVIL CASE NO. 243 O 2012 (OS)
1. RICHARD KIMANI
2. RICKY KILONZO NASON
3. MUSYOKA DAVID MUTISO
4. ROSE MUSEMBI
5. EVANS ADELA
6. AHMED OKOKO ADELA
7. VICTOR GICHIRA KANGANGI
8. JOSEPH MEMBA
9. PETER NJUGUNA MUIRA
10. TITUS KEEN MWANGI
11. JOEL MUTURIA MUTURI
12. ANDREW KAMAU NDEGWA
13. SILAS MIRANDA ODERA
14. EVERLYNE KEMNTO NYANGAU
15. SYLVESTER JUMA
16. JOHN NDUNGU MUREGWA
17. DANIEL KITHOME
18. NELSON KYALO MWIKYA
19. JAMES MUTHEE MUREITHI
20. JUSTUS NZIOKA MUTWIWA
21. JONES NTHENGE MUE........................................PLAINTIFFS/APPLICANTS
ROSEMARY B. KOINANGE...................................................................DEFENDANT
1. This is the notice of motion dated 31st October 2018 brought under Section 80 of the Civil Procedure Act, Order 45 Rule 1(1) (a) and (2) of the Civil Procedure Rules and Section 3A of the Civil Procedure Act and all other enabling provisions of the law.
(2) That this court be pleased to review the orders made on 15th March 2015 dismissing this matter for want of prosecution and reinstate the suit to be heard on merit.
(3) That costs be provided for.
2. The grounds are on the face of the application and are set out in paragraphs (a) to (f).
3. The application is supported by the affidavit of Musyoka David Mutiso, the 3rd plaintiff/applicant sworn on the 31st October 2018.
4. The application is opposed. There is a replying affidavit sworn by Rosemary B. Koinange the defendant/respondent sworn on the 29th January 2019.
5. The application was canvassed by way of written submissions.
The plaintiffs’/applicants’ submissions
6. That they were never given any notice to show cause why the suit should not be dismissed and therefore condemned unheard. They have put forward the case of Peter Kiboi Willie vs Family Bank Limited  eKLR. Further that there is no evidence that the plaintiffs were served with the said notice to show cause why the suit should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.
7. It is also their submissions that the delay is not inordinate. They have put forward the case of Utalii Transport Company Limited & 3 Others vs NIC Bank Limited & Another  eKLR. The plaintiffs herein have been diligent and have taken steps to prosecute the matter. They were unable to trace the file and make the necessary application to set aside the dismissal and seek reinstatement of the suit.
8. The defendant has not demonstrated substantial prejudice on herself by any such delay. The plaintiffs’ claim is valid and the suit ought to be determined on merit. They have put forward the case of Mbogo & Another vs Shah. They urge that the application be allowed.
The Defendant’s/Respondent’s submissions
9. The honourable court correctly exercised its discretion to lawfully to set the matter down for notice to show cause. As at 13th March 2015, the said file had been inactive for 1 year and 5 months. The plaintiff’s claim that their Advocates were never served with a notice to show cause by the court cannot stand. She puts forward the cases of Fran Investments Ltd vs G4S Security Services Limited  eKLR.
10. The life of an advocate is governed by a cause list which is posted on the internet a day before the matter comes up for hearing. If the plaintiffs’ advocate failed to attend court on that day as a result of not looking at the day’s cause list, he was negligent and cannot gain from a favourable interpretation of the law.
11. The plaintiffs herein obtained injunctive orders to enable them to continue to trespass on the defendant’s property and thereafter went to slumber. She has put forward the case of Shah vs Mbogo  EA 93; Bilha Ngonyo Isaac vs Kembu Farm Ltd & Another  eKLR. There has been unreasonable delay in bringing the application and the same ought to be dismissed with costs to the defendant.
12. I have considered the notice of motion and the affidavit in support. I have also considered the replying affidavit, the written submissions of counsel and the authorities cited. The issue for determination is whether this application is merited.
13. I have gone through the court record. It is clear that no action was taken by the plaintiffs between 13th March 2015 and March 2017. There is no explanation offered by the plaintiffs for the delay.
14. Order 17 Rule 2 of the Civil Procedure Rules provides that:-
2 (1) “ In any suit in which no application has been made or step taken by either party for one year, the court may give notice in writing to the parties to show cause why the suit dismissed, and if cause is not shown to its satisfaction, may dismiss the suit.”
15. In the case of Fran Investments Ltd vs G4S Security Services Ltd  eKLR, the court describes the phrase ‘give notice’ as used in Order 17 rule 2 (1) of the Civil procedure Rules as follows:-
“Order 17 rule 2 (1) of the Civil procedure Rules does not require service of notice; it uses the word “give notice”. The court may give notice of dismissal through its official website or through the cause list. And these mediums will constitute sufficient notice for purpose of order 17 rule 2(1) of the Civil Procedure Rules. But nothing precludes the court from serving notice as per order 5 of the Civil Procedure Rules.”
I am guided by the about authority in finding that the notice through the judiciary website and cause list was adequate notice to the parties.
16. In conclusion I find that no sufficient reasons have been advanced by the plaintiffs/applicants to warrant the reinstatement of this suit. There are also no sufficient grounds to warrant this court to set aside and/or review the orders made on 15th March 2015.
17. I find no merit in this application and the same is dismissed with costs to the defendant/respondent.
It is so ordered.
Dated, signed and delivered in Nairobi on this 25TH day of JULY 2019.
In the presence of:-
Ms Kiama for the Plaintiffs
Ms Nduta Kamau for the Defendant
Kajuju - Court Assistant