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|Case Number:||Civil Appeal 119 of 2017|
|Parties:||Presbyterian Foundation Board of Governors PCEA Faith Academy & Peter Muchiri v Elizabeth Wangari Kaharo, Ann Muthoni Kagenyo, Catherine Nyawira Gakui, Mary Wanjiru Njoroge, Ann Njoki Kinuthia, Gidray Gitahi Wanjiku, Mary Wangeci Ndiritu & Rahab Wanjiku Murithi|
|Date Delivered:||19 Dec 2019|
|Court:||High Court at Nyahururu|
|Judge(s):||Roseline Pauline Vunoro Wendoh|
|Citation:||Presbyterian Foundation Board of GovernorsPCEA Faith Academy & another v Elizabeth Wangari Kaharo & 7 others  eKLR|
|Case History:||Appeal Originating from Nyahururu CM’s Court Civ.No.283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 290 of 2016 by: Hon. S.N. Mwangi – S.R.M|
|History Docket No:||Civil Case 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 290 of 2016|
|Case Outcome:||Appeal 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
CIVIL APPEAL NO.119 OF 2017
(Appeal Originating from Nyahururu CM’s Court Civ.No.283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 290 of 2016 by: Hon. S.N. Mwangi – S.R.M.)
THE PRESBYTERIAN FOUNDATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS
PCEA FAITH ACADEMY........................................ RESPONDENTS
- V E R S U S –
ELIZABETH WANGARI KAHARO
ANN MUTHONI KAGENYO
CATHERINE NYAWIRA GAKUI
MARY WANJIRU NJOROGE
ANN NJOKI KINUTHIA
GIDRAY GITAHI WANJIKU
MARY WANGECI NDIRITU
RAHAB WANJIKU MURITHI...................APPELLANTS
R U L I N G
By the Notice of Motion dated 2/9/2019, the Respondents Elizabeth Wangari Kaharo and 7 others, through the firm of Gekonga Advocate, seek to have the appeal filed by the appellants dismissed for want of prosecution. The applicants content that 2 years and 8 months have lapsed since the appeal was filed and no steps have been taken by the appellants towards its prosecution.
Mr. Gekonga filed an affidavit dated 2/9/2019 in support. He deposed that the appeal arose for several cases in Nyahururu CMCC.283 – 290/2016, where judgment was entered and damages awarded to the respondents/applicants; that so far, 2 years and 8 months have lapsed without prosecuting the appeal which is prejudicial to the respondents and has caused them anxiety and uncertainty and should therefore be dismissed.
Yogo Ouko, counsel for the applicants/respondents filed a replying affidavit opposing the application for dismissal. He deposed that since filing the appeal, they have written several letters to the Executive Officer requesting for typed copies of proceedings for purposes of preparing a Record of Appeal but the said letters have not elicited, any response. YB-1 are annextures of letters; that enquiries have been made at the Executive Officer’s Office but the response has been that the files are still in the typing pool. Counsel submitted that they have been unable to prepare the Record of Appeal because of the backlog at the typing pool and that the appellants are therefore not to blame for the delay.
I have considered the application and the Replying Affidavit. The respondents annexed letters dated 27/3/2018 and 4/4/2019 addressed to the Executive Officer Nyahururu Law Courts requesting for typed proceedings. This appeal was filed in September, 2017. Since then the appellants have only addressed two letters to the Executive Officer requesting for proceedings. They took some time before they made the said request. The appellants have not been vigilant in pursuing the typing of the proceedings.
However, having shown that they have endeavored to get the proceedings as late as April, 2019 and this court being aware of the fact that there was a shortage of typists at this court, I will not blame the appellants for the delay in prosecuting the appeal.
The delay is basically attributed to the court.
However, the court has now got enough typists and there should be no more delay in getting the proceedings and preparing a Record of Appeal.
The applicant will therefore be allowed 6 months within which to procure the proceedings and prepare a Record of Appeal failing which the appeal will stand dismissed.
Mention of this matter on 25/5/2020 for compliance.
Dated, Signed and Delivered at NYAHURURU this 19th day of December, 2019.
Parties - absent