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|Case Number:||Judicial Review 10 of 2019|
|Parties:||Republic v Chief Officer Department of Trade, Industry, Tourism & Entrepreneurship County Government of Vihiga & County Executive Committee Member for Finance County Government of Vihiga Exparte Galexon Kenya Limited|
|Date Delivered:||20 Dec 2021|
|Court:||High Court at Kisumu|
|Judge(s):||Fred Andago Ochieng|
|Citation:||Republic v Chief Officer Department of Trade, Industry, Tourism & Enterpreneurship County Government of Vihiga & another Exparte Galexon Kenya Limited  eKLR|
|Court Division:||Judicial Review|
|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 AT KISUMU
JUDICIAL REVIEW NO. 10 OF 2019
CHIEF OFFICER DEPARTMENT OF TRADE,
INDUSTRY, TOURISM & ENTERPRENEURSHIP
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF VIHIGA.................1ST RESPONDENT
COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MEMBER FOR FINANCE
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF VIHIGA...............2ND RESPONDENT
GALEXON KENYA LIMITED
The application before me is for the cancellation of the Bonds which had been granted to GILBERT VIDIJA and ALFRED INDECHE, so that Warrants of Arrest should thereafter issue against them.
1. The application is simple and straightforward.
2. If the Respondents had effected payment to the exparte Applicant, they would have purged their contempt; and therefore there would be no reason to cancel their bonds.
3. However, if the Respondents have defaulted in making payment, they would be continuing their contempt of the Court; and the Court would have no option but to cancel the bonds.
4. The 1st Respondent, GILBERT VIDIJA swore an affidavit on 24th March 2021, asserting that Kshs 17,000,000/= had been paid to the Law Firm of KMK LAW ADVOCATES, who were representing the exparte Applicant herein.
5. However, he further deponed thus;
“4. THAT as County Government funds are usually in the Custody of the Central Bank of Kenya and the Controller of Budget Nairobi, on behalf of the County Government, the Controller of Budget Nairobi has been duly notified to release the funds to the Vihiga Development Fund for transmission to the Ex-Parte Applicant.
5. THAT the County Government of Vihiga including myself have effected payment and once the approval by the Controller of Budget, Central Bank Nairobi is received, the funds will reflect in the account of the Exparte Applicant.”
6. From the contents of the affidavit, it is obvious that by the time it was being sworn, the Respondents had not actualized payment. At best, the Respondents had taken steps which were calculated to result in the payment being made.
7. As it later turned out, (as stated in the written submissions of the 1st Respondent), payment was never made!
8. It does appear that the payment could not be effected because there was a Court Oder, freezing the Bank Account of the Advocates for the Exparte Applicant.
9. Indeed, the Respondents now contend that the duty rests upon the exparte Applicant, to take steps to have the Account unfrozen;
“……. in order for payment to be effectedas the funds ought to be accounted for,since the initial transaction failed to go through.”
10. I appreciate that at the time when the bank account of the Applicant’s advocates was frozen, the Respondents were unable to make payment into it.
11. However, the Respondents cannot be exonerated from their liability, under the guise of payment, when in real terms they had not paid the exparte Applicant.
12. For as long as payment has not been made, the Respondents remained in contempt of the Court.
13. Accordingly, the Bonds granted to the Respondents herein are hereby cancelled. I order that unless the Respondents present themselves before the Court within the next 10 days, with proof that they had actually made payment to the exparte Applicant, they should be arrested and incarcerated for THREE (3) MONTHS each or for such lesser period as they would have utilized to remit payment to the exparte Applicant.
14. I further order that the costs of the application be paid by the Respondents, to the exparte Applicant.
DATED, SIGNED AND DELIVERED AT KISUMU THIS 20TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2021
FRED A. OCHIENG