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|Case Number:||Succession Case 536 “A” of 2009|
|Parties:||In re Estate of M’rimberia Kanyi Deceased|
|Date Delivered:||29 Mar 2022|
|Court:||High Court at Meru|
|Judge(s):||Patrick J. Okwaro Otieno|
|Citation:||In re Estate of M’rimberia Kanyi Deceased  eKLR|
|Case Outcome:||Application allowed|
|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
SUCCESSION CASE NO. 536 “A” OF 2009
IN THE ESTATE OF M’RIMBERIA KANYI ..DECEASED
JOHN KARANI MBERIA .......................1ST PETITIONER
STANLEY BUNDI RIMBERIA..............2ND PETITIONER
1. Chief Inspector Boniface Kiilu has confirmed to court that the came to know about the court order atleast on the 11.3.2022 but could not have it implemented because that he fell ill, and has shown to court the medical documents to that effect.
2. He has also apologized that he was unable to have the order enforced even in his absence which could have been done by the office because there exists structures.
3. I am therefore satisfied that the order was brought to his attention but to-date the same has not been complied with. I find that he was in contempt and infact merit being punished. He has however explained his failure to attend court on 15.3.2022.
4. The officer has however undertaken, in the presence of his commandant that he is willing to enforce the order if given an opportunity.
5. I take it as very disturbing that the officer seeks to additionally justify his failure to enforce the order because of the threats issued to the objector in his presence in the office at the police station. It disturbs me that a Senior Officer of his rank can witness a commission of an apparent offence and uses the same as an excuse not to comply with a court orders. What that means is that orders cannot be complied with because the police service fear for breach of peace when it is its duty to keep law and order. This to this court is wholly unacceptable.
6. For today, while I find that the officer deserves to be penalized for his contempt, I give him and his office, a period of 7 from days to comply with the court order and in default he shall be fined Kshs. 100,000 or be jailed for a period of 14 days at Meru GK prison if he shall have failed to pay the fine.
7. Lastly it is the duty of C.I.P Boniface Kiilu as the officer in charge of the station that the law and order is complied with in full. It is therefore his duly to ensure that when the order is enforced the objector is not threatened or harmed in any way either by persons interested in this cause and at all.
DATED SIGNED AND DELIVERED THIS 29TH MARCH, 2022
PATRICK J.O OTIENO