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|Case Number:||Environment and Land Case 254 of 2016|
|Parties:||Maria Nyongesa Aloka v Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani|
|Date Delivered:||15 Mar 2022|
|Court:||Environment and Land Court at Kakamega|
|Judge(s):||Dalmas Omondi Ohungo|
|Citation:||Maria Nyongesa Aloka v Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani  eKLR|
|Court Division:||Environment and Land|
|Case Outcome:||Notice of motion dismissed|
|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 ENVIRONMENT AND LAND COURT
ELCC No. 254 OF 2016
MARIA NYONGESA ALOKA...................................................................PLAINTIFF
LAZARUS SIRENGO MUKOYANI.....................................................DEFENDANT
1. This suit was filed on 15th December 2016, through plaint dated 15th November 2016. The plaintiff sought judgment for cancellation of the defendant’s registration as proprietor of the parcel of land known as N. Kabras/Kivaywa/1210 and that she be registered as the absolute owner of the said property. The defendant reacted to the suit by raising a preliminary objection that the suit was res judicata. The objection was upheld and the suit struck out through a ruling delivered on 24th July 2018.
2. Later, on 18th October 2021, Notice of Motion dated 18th October 2021 was filed by Fredrick Wamalwa Sirengo and Benjamin Barasa Wafula. This ruling is in respect of the application.
3. The following orders are sought in the application:
2. This Hon. Court be pleased and issues vesting orders directing the OCS of Matete Police Station to arrest and arraign in this Hon. Court the Plaintiff's/Decree Debtor's family, relatives, workers, agents, herself and any other person or institution encroaching on the deceased Major Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani's (Deceased Decree Holder's LR. No. North Kabras/Kivaywa/1210.
3. This Hon. Court do issue the FINAL DECREE for evicting the Plaintiff's/Decree Debtor's family, relatives, workers, agents and herself or any person and or institution claiming through her from L. No. North Kabras/Kivaywa/1210; which is the Intestate Property of the late Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani, within seven (7) days of the Final Decree.
4. THAT, after granting such orders; this Hon. Court do issue Vesting Orders directing the OCS Matete Police Station and the Chief of Kivaywa Location, to supervise the return of the deceased Major Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani's displaced family back to their Matrimonial LR. No. North Kabras/Kivaywa/1210.
5. THAT, this Hon. Court do issue further orders directing the Agricultural Officer of West Kenya Sugar Company to assess the Sugarcanes damaged on two (2) acres Sugar Plantation of LR. No. North Kabras/Kivaywa/1210; by the Plaintiff's/Decree Debtor's family, relatives, workers and agents at her instigation, in the year 2012; then compel the Plaintiff/Decree Debtor to pay for such damages with interests from the date of such damages.
6. THAT, finally; this Hon. Court do issue orders compelling the Plaintiff's/Decree Debtor's family, relatives, workers, agents and herself; under the Registered Land Act 2012: Section 157 (1 a – c (i-iii) & d) for knowingly and fraudulently assisting and helping each other to remove the common boundaries then enabling themselves to procure the deceased Major Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani's LR. No. North Kabras/Kivaywa/1210.
7. Costs hereof.
4. The application is supported by an affidavit jointly sworn by Fredrick Wamalwa Sirengo and Benjamin Barasa Wafula, the applicants. From a copy of a limited grant ad litem which they annexed to the affidavit, it seems that the defendant passed away on 15th October 2019 and that the applicants were granted letters of administration ad litem in respect of his estate on 31st May 2021. The applicants deposed that the late Lazarus Sirengo Mukoyani and the late Anna Namarome Nyongesa were beneficiaries of the estate of the late Wafula Opara and that they shared among themselves. That after this suit was struck out, the defendant incited her family, relatives, workers, agents and herself who trespassed on the parcel of land known as N. Kabras/Kivaywa/1210.
5. Despite service, the defendant did not file a response to the application. The applicants relied on the material on record and urged the court to render a ruling.
6. I have considered the application and the material on record. As noted earlier, this suit was struck out on 24th July 2018, with costs to the defendant. That marked the end of the matter, save for proceedings to enforce the judgment on costs. The present applicants were not parties to the case as at 24th July 2018 when the suit was struck out. They are not parties now, even though they claim to hold letters of administration ad litem in respect of the defendant’s estate.
7. In the present application, the applicants seek such orders as eviction of the plaintiff and her family, reinstatement of the defendant’s family to the suit property and assessment of damage to sugar cane plantation among others. It will be noted that no such orders were granted in the final judgment or order herein when the suit was struck out. The said order brought this case to conclusion save for proceedings towards enforcing the award of costs. Once a court renders its final order, it becomes functus officio in so far as its power to determine the parties’ respective claims in the matter goes. Once such a decision has been made, it is final and conclusive, subject to any right of appeal. The court does not have jurisdiction to reopen the case to consider granting new relief that was neither sought nor granted. See Raila Odinga & Others vs. IEBC & Others  eKLR. Any proceedings filed in a court without jurisdiction are dead on arrival and cannot be remedied. See Phoenix of E.A. Assurance Company Limited v S. M. Thiga t/a Newspaper Service  eKLR.
8. In view of the foregoing, Notice of Motion dated 18th October 2021 is struck out. No order on costs.
DATED, SIGNED AND DELIVERED AT KAKAMEGA THIS 15TH DAY OF MARCH 2022.
D. O. OHUNGO
Delivered in open court in the presence of:
No appearance for the plaintiff
No appearance for the defendant
Fredrick Wamalwa Sirengo the first applicant present
No appearance by Benjamin Barasa Wafula the second applicant
Court Assistant: E. Juma