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|Case Number:||Environment and Land Case 12 of 2021|
|Parties:||Abdi Abkulla Tari v IEBC Isiolo North Constituency Office Co-ordinator, IEBC Isiolo County Co-ordinator & Chairman, IEBC|
|Date Delivered:||11 Apr 2022|
|Court:||Environment and Land Court at Isiolo|
|Judge(s):||Peter Muchoki Njoroge|
|Citation:||Abdi Abkulla Tari v Iebc Isiolo North Constituency Office Co-ordinator & 2 others  eKLR|
|Court Division:||Environment and Land|
|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
ELC CASE NUMBER 12 OF 2021(FORMERLY MERU ELC 45 OF 2018)
ABDI ABKULLA TARI.............................................................PLAINTIFF/RESPONDENT
IEBC ISIOLO NORTH CONSTITUENCY
OFFICE CO-ORDINATOR..................................................1ST DEFENDANT/APPLICANT
IEBC ISIOLO COUNTY CO-ORDINATOR.....................2ND DEFENDANT/APPLICANT
THE CHAIRMAN, IEBC.....................................................3RD DEFENDANT/APPLICANT
1. This application is dated 4th April, 2022 and seeks the following orders:
1. THAT the honorable court be pleased to review, vary and/or set aside the proceedings had and taken on 21.03.2022 when the Plaintiff’s case was heard and closed.
2. THAT the defendant’s application dated 17/03/2022 be set down for hearing and determination on merits and/or that the directions be issued with respect to the said application.
3. THAT further and in the alternative and without prejudice to the foregoing, the plaintiff’s case be re-opened, the plaintiff and his witness be recalled for cross-examination.
4. THAT the costs of this application be in the cause.
2. The application is supported by the affidavit of Advocate Charles Benedict Mwongela sworn on 4th April, 2022 and has the following grounds:-
a. On 07.03.2022 the honorable court granted the defendants the last adjournment but the counsel holding brief on that day gave redacted information to the defendant’s principal advocate.
b. On 21.03.2022, the honorable court proceeded with hearing and closure of the Plaintiff’s case and directed that the matter proceeds for defence hearing on 13.06.2022, despite the pendency of the defendants’ application dated 17.03.2022, filed and served on 18.03.2022 which fact of filing and service of application may not have been properly brought on the honourable court’s attention. Ruling delivered on 21.03.2022 rejecting the adjournment request partly reads that counsel holding brief for the defendants told the court that “…Mr. Mwongela was seeking adjournment because he intended to file a counterclaim”, which is patently incorrect.
c. Overlooking of the said defendant’s application whereupon the plaintiff’s case was heard and closed constitutes an error apparent on the face of the record and sufficient reason necessitating review, variation and/or setting aside of the proceedings had and taken 21.03.2022.
d. Counsel holding brief for the defendant’s advocate on 21.03.2022 was compelled to conduct a hearing without her file thereby impending and completely curtailing the defendants’ right to cross-examine the plaintiff/respondent and his witness.
e. Overlooking of the application seeking amendments and introduction of a counterclaim has greatly prejudiced the defendant’s primary claim and prayers in the suit.
f. The application has been preferred without undue delay, within fourteen (14) days of the orders/proceedings sought to be varied and/or set aside and more than two (2) months date given for defence hearing on 13.06.2022.
3. Having perused the application, I issue the following orders:
a) The Applicant to serve the application upon all other parties within 14 days of today.
b) All parties to come to court for directions on 9th May, 2022.
c) Cost shall be in the cause.
Delivered in Nairobi this 11th day of April, 2022 in the absence of the parties.
HON. JUSTICE P. M. NJOROGE
E & L COURT ISIOLO