1.By a Notice of Motion dated 13th May 2021, the Plaintiff/Applicant is seeking leave to serve Justus Njiaini Githaiga, Weston Gachoki Kinuua, Julius Karimi Migwi, Anthony Muriuki Munyiri, Julius R.m Muguongo And Anne Waithera Kandege with the application dated 16/10/2020 and other pleadings by way of substituted service by affixing the same in all the Court Notice Boards within Kirinyaga County.
2.In his supporting affidavit, the applicant deposed that he was pursuing two parcels of land he had purchased being L.R NO. INOI/THAITA/49 and INOI/THAITA/233 and that after filing this suit, the defendant decided to subdivide the suit land and transfer the resultant potions to third parties. He further deposed that when he recently decided to conduct a search, he discovered that land parcel NO. INOI/THAITA/233 was subdivided into land parcels NO. INOI/THAITA/1151 to INOI/THAITA/1161.
3.He stated that land parcel NO. INOI/THAITA/1152 to INOI/THAITA/1156 are registered in the name of one Stanley Kinyua as well as land parcel NO. INOI/THAITA/1159 while land parcel NO. INOI/THAITA/1159 which was originally registered in the name of Bertha Wakera Migwi was subdivided into L.R NO. INOI/THAITA/1231 and INOI/THAITA/1232 and thereafter transferred L.R NO. INOI/THAITA/1232 to one Peter Miano Muriithi while L.R NO. INOI/THAITA1231 remained in her name.
4.She stated that Land parcel NO. INOI/THAITA/1158 is registered in the name of Peter Karimi Njuiri, L.R NO. INOI/THAITA/1159 is registered in the name of Stanley Kinyua Migwi, L.R NO. INOI/THAITA/1160 is registered in the name of Geoffrey Mwai Gitura while L.R. NO. INOI/THAITA/1161 is registered in the name of Justus Njiraini which has now been transferred to Anne Waithera Kandege.
5.The applicant further stated that he does not know the whereabouts of the above mentioned purchasers, their address or their telephone numbers. He said that he even contacted the sub-chief of Thaita location where the suit land is situated who informed him that he did not know them and that those persons did not reside in his jurisdiction.Order 5 Rule 17 which has been cited by the applicant provides as follows-;''(1)
6.It is trite law that Summons to Enter Appearance and all court processes shall be served and/or effected personally unless the defendant has an agent empowered to receive the same on his/her behalf. Where the defendant cannot be found, the court may, on an application by the plaintiff, allow service of the court documents to be effected by substituted service under Order 5 Rule 17 CPR.
7.The Plaintiff/applicant at paragraph 10, 11 and 12 of his supporting affidavit admits that he does not know the whereabouts of the respondents and that he even contacted the area sub chief who informed him that he did not know the intended defendants and that they did not reside within his jurisdiction. Substituted service of Summons and other court processes is an alternative mode of service to personal service which is the best mode of service. Substituted service is allowed where personal service has been attempted severally without success. Order 12 of the Civil procedure Rules provide as follows;-''12.
8.The Applicant has not annexed any affidavit of service on any attempts made to effect personal service upon the intended defendants. The applicant has not explained how the proposed alternative mode of service of the court processes will reach the intended defendants whose whereabouts are unknown? The Applicant has admitted that he does not know where the intended defendants come from or reside. If the intended defendants do not reside within Thaita Location where the suit property is situated, there is no indication that they live within the Jurisdiction of the Court Stations within Kirinyaga County. Affixing the Summons and the application under review on the Notice Board of all court stations will not serve any useful purpose.
9.For all the foregoing reasons, I find the Notice of Motion dated 13th May 2021 lacking merit and the same is hereby dismissed. I make no order as to costs.