1.The Applicant filed a Notice of Motion dated 2nd November, 2021 brought under the provisions of Sections 12(2) (3) (4) of the Arbitration Act, Order 46 Rule 5(2) of the Civil Procedure Rules and Sections 1A, 1B and 3A of the Civil Procedure Act; the Applicant prayed for the following Orders;a.That this Honorable Court be pleased to issue an Order appointing Hon.Sukyan Omar Deputy Chief Khadi as an arbitrator in this dispute in accordance with the ruling/order issued by Hon,Lady Justice Ngenye Macharia on 22/07/2021 as well as the provisions of the said Finance Agreement;b.The court be pleased to issue any further orders and directions as it may deem fit in the interest of dispensing justice in this suit;
2.At the hearing hereof, the matter proceeded in the absence of the Respondent bank which had been served with the court order dated 18/11/2021 as well as the instant application. The Applicant filed an Affidavit of Service dated 12/11/2021 made by Henry Muli Nzuki confirming that the Respondent was indeed served with the court order as well as the application. The Respondent filed no response and therefore the application is unopposed. Hereunder is a summary of the Applicants’ submissions.APPLICANTS SUBMISSIONS
3.The application is premised on the grounds on the face of the application and the Supporting Affidavit of Ali M. Isaac dated the 2/11/2021; the deponent stated that the court vide its Ruling made by Hon. Lady Justice Ngenye ordered that the parties agree within 60 days on an arbitrator knowledgeable and competent in Shariah Law in view of the unique nature of the finance agreement signed between the parties.
4.On 24/08/2021, the Applicants counsel wrote to the respondents advocates with a proposal of its preferred arbitrator being Hon.Sukyan Omar the Deputy Chief Kadhi. The Applicant’s counsel gave the Respondents advocates 14 days to respond in case it had any objections to the proposal. The Respondent and its advocates failed/neglected/ignored to respond to the above mentioned letter.
5.The application was unopposed as the Respondent did not file a response to this application. The Applicant prayed that the application be allowed and the order sought be granted.ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION
6.After taking into consideration the above submissions this court has framed only one issue for determination;i.Whether the applicants’ application for appointment of Hon.Sukyan Omar the Deputy Chief Kadhi as the Arbitrator is merited.ANALYSIS
7.The court record reflects that on the 22/07/2021 Lady Justice Ngenye directed as follows;
8.Thereafter the Respondent sought a review of the said order and on 13/10/2021 the court made a determination as follows;
9.On the same date after the ruling was delivered the respondent herein sought for an order for stay of execution pending appeal. The court made the following orders;
10.Upon careful perusal of the whole court record there is no indication of an appeal having been preferred against the Order made on 22/07/2021; neither is there any indication that the orders had been set aside, vacated and or varied and therefore the order is still in force.
11.The Applicant also stated that on 24/08/2021 the applicants counsel wrote to the Respondent’s advocates with a proposal of its preferred arbitrator being Hon. Sukyan Omar the Deputy Chief Kadhi. The Applicant’s counsel gave the Rrespondents advocates 14 days to respond in case it had any objections to the proposal. The Respondent and its advocates failed/neglected/ignored to respond to the above mentioned letter and the 60 days given by the court for the parties to agree on the single arbitrator have since lapsed.
12.In such circumstance’s the applicable law is found under the provisions of Section 12(4) of the Arbitration Act which reads as follows;
13.By filing the Affidavit of Service, the Applicant has provided satisfactory evidence of service of this instant application upon the Respondent. This court reiterates that there was no objection or response raised to the application by the respondent and it is therefore deemed to be unopposed.
14.For those reasons, the application is found to conform to the provisions of Section 12(4) of the Arbitration Act and it is also found to have merit.FINDINGS AND DETERMINATION
15.For the forgoing reasons this court finds that the application for the appointment of Hon. Sukyan Omar the Deputy Chief Kadhi as the Arbitrator is merited and it is hereby allowed.
16.The Hon. Sukyan Omar the Deputy Chief Kadhi is hereby appointed as the Arbitrator.
17.The matter be mentioned after sixty (60) days from the date hereof.
18.Mention on 1st March 2022. Mention Notice to issue to the Applicant’s Advocates.
Orders accordingly.DATED, SIGNED AND DELIVERED ELECTRONICALLY AT NAIROBI THIS 14TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2021.HON.A.MSHILAJUDGEIn the presence of;Kairu for the defendant/RespondentNo appearance for the plaintiff/ApplicantLucy----------------------Court Assistant