1.This is the Plaintiffs Notice of Motion dated 10th August 2021.
2.It is brought under Order 1A, 1B, 1C and 3A of the Civil Procedure Act and Order 51 Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules.
3.It seeks orders;a.Spent.b.That the Honourable court be pleased to set aside the order given on the 27th July 2021 dismissing this case for want of prosecution.c.That this court be pleased to allow the Plaintiff to prosecute her case against the Defendants.d.That the costs of this application be provided for.
4.It is supported by the Plaintiff’s annexed affidavit sworn on 10th August 2021.She deponed that she filed this suit through the firm of Ochoki & Ochoki Advocates in the year 2019 and she been desirous of prosecuting it to its logical conclusion. She further deponed that she has previously been to the said Advocates to inquire of the progress of the matter but each time, she was told that she would be advised when a date for hearing is taken. She added that on 19th July 2021, she demanded for her file and instructed M/S Masore Nyang’au & Company Advocates to represent her in the matter.
5.She also deponed that her advocates filed a Notice of Change of Advocates on 6th August 2021 and subsequently discovered that this suit was dismissed on 27th July 2021. She deponed that the mistake of M/S Ochoki & Ochoki Advocates for not informing her when the case came up for Notice to show cause why the suit should not be dismissed and not prosecuting the suit should not be visited upon her.
6.The Defendants did not file a response to the application.
The Plaintiff’s written submissions
7.They are dated 9th December 2021.The Plaintiff’s counsel urged the court to consider the principles for reinstatement of suit in Ivila v Kyumbu  KLR. He relied Article 159(2) (d) of the Constitution to submit that the court has discretion to issue the orders sought.
8.It was his submission that the dismissed plaint raises triable issues and the Plaintiff should not be condemned unheard in light of Article 50 of the Constitution that provides for the right to hearing. He added that mistake of counsel should not be visited upon the Plaintiff since it is her previous counsel who failed to prosecute the suit. He put forward the case of Ahmed v Highway Carriers  LLR 258 (CAK).
9.The sole issue for determination is whether this suit should be reinstated. The record indicates that the suit was dismissed on 27th July 2021 for want of prosecution. On that day, there was no appearance by counsel for the parties despite service. The record also indicates that the matter has been mentioned 8 times when both parties did not appear. It is a 2019 matter that has never taken off. The Plaintiff blamed the inaction on her previous counsel. The Plaintiff’s previous Advocates seem to have lost interest in the matter and abandoned it. Since the Plaintiff was represented, it will be improper to blame her for the inaction. The application for reinstatement is unopposed, and it was brought within a month of the suit’s dismissal. In my view, the justice of the case tilts in favour of the Plaintiff.
10.I am guided by the decision of the court in John Nahashon Mwangi v Kenya Finance Bank Limited (in Liquidation)  eKLR where the court stated:-
11.In conclusion, I find merit in this application I grant the orders sought namely:-a.That the orders of 27th July 2021 dismissing the suit for want of prosecution are hereby set aside.b.That the Plaintiff is directed to set down the suit for hearing within sixty (60) days from the date of this ruling failure to which this suit shall stand dismissed.c.The costs of this application do abide the outcome of the main suit.
It is so ordered.