1.In his application dated 30th March 2021, Ibrahim Said Bwanamkuu, the applicant, seeks an order primarily under Rule 5(2)(b) of the Court of Appeal Rules, that pending the hearing and determination of his intended appeal from the ruling/order of the High Court given on 22nd March 2021 in Malindi Succession Cause No. 119 of 2015, there be a stay of further proceedings in that matter.
2.The applicant complains that he made two applications before the Judge, one of which sought an injunction to prevent interference with the matrimonial homes, and a second one for declaration that the second respondent’s interest in the estate of the deceased was extinguished as she had remarried. He asserts that the Judge failed, in the impugned ruling, to determine the second application but ordered: that the status quo be maintained; that all beneficiaries of the estate of the deceased continue living in their respective matrimonial homes without interference from each other; that all assets of the deceased estate remain intact without interference from any of the beneficiaries; and that the matter proceeds for hearing from where it has reached.
3.Having considered the application, the supporting affidavit and the submissions of learned counsel, and having regard to the principles applicable in applications of this nature, [see for instance Stanley Kangethe Kinyanjui vs. Tony Ketter & others  eKLR], and even as we bear in mind that an arguable appeal is not one which must necessarily succeed, we do not think the intended appeal is frivolous. Counsel for the applicant has, for instance, pointed out that during the hearing of the intended appeal, the Court will be asked to interpret Section 35 of the Law of Succession Act.
4.We are however, not persuaded that the intended appeal will be rendered nugatory considering that the High Court ordered the status quo to be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Succession Cause before that court.
5.Consequently, the application dated 30th March 2021 fails and is hereby dismissed. We make no orders as to costs.
DATED AND DELIVERED AT MOMBASA THIS 18TH DAY OF MARCH 2022.S. GATEMBU KAIRU, FCIArb.............................JUDGE OF APPEALP. NYAMWEYA.............................JUDGE OF APPEALJ. LESIIT.............................JUDGE OF APPEALI certify that this is a true copy of the original.SignedDEPUTY REGISTRAR