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|Case Number:||Cause 87 of 2019|
|Parties:||Kerosi Ondieki v County Assembly Service Board, Kisii, Clerk, County Assembly of Kisii & County Government of Kisii|
|Date Delivered:||01 Jul 2021|
|Court:||Employment and Labour Relations Court at Kisumu|
|Judge(s):||Radido Stephen Okiyo|
|Citation:||Kerosi Ondieki v County Assembly Service Board, Kisii & 2 others  eKLR|
|Court Division:||Employment and Labour Relations|
|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 EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS COURT AT KISUMU
CAUSE NO. 87 OF 2019
KEROSI ONDIEKI .............................................................................CLAIMANT
COUNTY ASSEMBLY SERVICE BOARD, KISII ................1st RESPONDENT
CLERK, COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF KISII ...........................2nd RESPONDENT
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KISII....................................3rd RESPONDENT
1. Kerosi Ondieki (the Claimant) served as a Speaker, County Assembly of Kisii (the County Assembly) from 2013 to 2017.
2. On 4 October 2019, the Claimant sued the County Assembly Service Board, the Clerk of the County Assembly and the County Government of Kisii alleging breach of contract in respect to payment of house allowance, travel reimbursements, payment of non-practice allowance (prosecutorial allowance), continuous professional development and gratuity.
3. On 28 November 2019, the County Assembly Service Board and the Clerk filed a Notice of Preliminary Objection contending that:
(a) In so far as the suit relates to causes of action that have been continuing injuries or damages, this claim is time barred under the provisions of section 90 of the Employment Act of 2007. The Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to entertain this claim and the same ought to struck out with costs to the 1st and 2nd Respondents.
(b) The Claimant’s rights to sue having lapsed, the Claimant lacks capacity to agitate any cause of action against the Respondents. The Claim is therefore an abuse of the court process.
4. The Court directed the parties on 11 March 2021 to file and exchange submissions on the Preliminary Objection within stipulated timelines (the County Assembly Service Board and the Clerk were to file and serve their submissions on or before 11 April 2021 and the Claimant and the 3rd Respondent to file and serve submissions before 11 May 2021).
5. The submissions were not on record by this morning.
6. By failing to file and serve submissions, the Respondents have failed to develop the proposition that the cause of action advanced by the Claimant constitute continuing injury within the context of section 90 of the Employment Act, 2007.
7. The Court will therefore not second guess the Respondents preliminary objection or speculate on the same.
8. Before making final orders, the Court notes that there is a question on the Respondents legal representation which they should resolve.
9. The Notice of Preliminary Objection is dismissed with costs to the Claimant.
DELIVERED THROUGH MICROSOFT TEAMS, DATED AND SIGNED IN KISUMU ON THIS 1ST DAY OF JULY 2021.
For Claimant Nyagaka S.M. & Co. Advocates
For Respondents Kennedy Chweya Onsembe, Office of the County Attorney, Kisii/Muchemi & Co. Advocates.
Court Assistant Chrispo Aura