1.On 28th July 2020, the court (Kasango J.) entered judgment for the Plaintiff against the Defendant for KES. 6,824,750.00 together with costs. The Defendant has filed an appeal against the judgment. She also has also filed the Notice of Motion dated 26th August 2020 seeking to stay execution of the judgment and decree pending hearing and determination of the appeal to the Court of Appeal under Order 42 rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The application is supported by the affidavit of Allan George Njogu Kamau, the Plaintiff’s advocate, sworn on 26th August 2020 and opposed by the Plaintiff through his affidavit sworn on 13th October 2020.
2.Upon determination of costs, the Plaintiff proceeded to execute by way of attachment of the Defendant’s property. The Defendant filed another Notice of Motion dated 27th July 2021 seeking stay of execution. The application is supported by the affidavit sworn on the same day by Allan George Njogu Kamau. After the matter came up for directions, I requested the parties to come seek agree on reasonable terms for stay but the negotiations did not bear any fruit. As a result, I have to determine the matter based on the depositions filed by the parties.
3.Both counsel appearing for the parties made brief oral submissions in support of their respective positions which I have considered bearing in mind the principles for granting stay clearly stated in Order 42 rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules. In order to succeed, the applicant must demonstrate substantial loss may result unless the order of stay is made. It must also demonstrate that the application has been brought without undue delay and lastly, the applicant must give such security as the court may order for the due performance of the decree or order as the case may be.
4.There is no doubt that the Defendant has filed its appeal in the Court of Appeal and filed the initial application without delay. What is in issue is whether the Defendant has demonstrated that she will suffer substantial loss and has provided security for due performance of the decree.
5.I have gone through both depositions by the Advocates and I have not seen how the Defendant will suffer substantial loss if execution proceeds. Kenya Shell Limited v Kibiru and another , Platt Ag. JA., had this to say about substantial loss;
6.In this case, the deposition is sworn not by the Defendant but by her counsel and at para. 8 of the supporting affidavit, he states:
7.The statement aforesaid is insipid and lacks any evidential or factual support. While I am aware of course that a person’s ability to refund the decretal sum is a matter within his or her own personal knowledge, the applicant must lay a factual or evidential basis so that the respondent is able to respond. I cannot say that on the basis of the material before the court, the Defendant has established substantial loss.
8.Apart from establishing substantial loss in the event the order of stay is not granted, the applicant must furnish appropriate security. In this case, Defendant depones as follows:
9.In my view, it is not for counsel to merely depone that the Defendant is ready and will to comply with terms as to security. The applicant must proceed to set out the nature and extent of the security it is ready and willing to provide. This is important to enable the other party assess the appropriateness or otherwise of the offer and also for the court to adjudicate on the respective positions of the parties in order to come to a just conclusion on the security. In this case, the Defendant has not disclosed, in the depositions, the type and form of security it wishes to proffer.
10.I would remiss, if I did not state that the I gave the parties an opportunity to resolve the matter. I was informed that the Defendant has proposed to put up some land as security which the Plaintiff rejected. The details of the land, it identity, value and other important facts are not before the court to enable the court conclusively deal with the matter.
11.I do not find any basis to grant a stay of execution pending appeal from the judgment of this court. Consequently, I dismiss the applications dated 26th August 2020 and 27th July 2021 with costs to the Plaintiff.
DATED and DELIVERED at NAIROBI this 14th day of SEPTEMBER 2021.D. S. MAJANJAJUDGEMr Wasike instructed by WEW and Associates Advocates for the Plaintiff.Ms Mbirwe instructed by AGN Kamau Advocates for the Defendant.HC COMM NO. 431 OF 2016 RULING Page 2