1.By a Notice of Motion dated 28th May 2021 and made under Rule 23(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules, counsel for the Appellant, M/s. Ngatia & Associates Advocates, seek leave to cease acting for the Appellant. Their application is supported by the affidavit of Frederick Ngatia, SC sworn on 28th May 2021. The Motion is made on the ground that the appellant’s Managing Director, Peter Muraya, and the learned senior counsel mutually agreed that the appellant do engage alternative counsel to take over the conduct of this appeal on the appellant’s behalf.
2.I have read Mr. Frederick Ngatia’s supporting affidavit, the annexed email correspondence of 28th May 2021 (from the applicant to the appellant’s Managing Director forwarding a copy of the application herein) and 29th May 2021 (from the appellant’s Managing Director to the applicant acknowledging receipt of the application) and appreciate their contents. Accordingly, the Motion has been duly served on the appellant and the respective learned counsel for the respondents as evidenced by the Affidavit of Service of Paschal Wamunga sworn on 31st May 2021. The application is not opposed.
3.I have also considered the applicant’s written submissions and the accompanying List of Authorities both of which are dated 2nd December 2021. Rule 23(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules requires an advocate who desires to cease acting for any party in a civil appeal or application, to apply by Notice of Motion before a single Judge for leave to so cease acting, and such advocate shall be deemed to have ceased to act for such party upon service on the party of a certified copy of the order of the Judge.
DATED AND DELIVERED AT NAIROBI THIS 17TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2021DR. K. I. LAIBUTA.....................................JUDGE OF APPEALI certify that this is a true copy of the originalDEPUTY REGISTRAR