1Following the Judgment delivered in court on February 28, 2022 dismissing the Defendant’s Counter-claim with costs and where the Judgment was delivered in favour of the Plaintiff in the following terms: -1.That the court dismisses the Defendant’s Counter-claim with costs to the Plaintiff.2.Judgment is hereby granted to the Plaintiff in the following terms: -a.A declaration be and is hereby issued directing that the sale agreement executed between the Plaintiff and the 1st Defendant on May 15, 2015 is hereby rescinded, repudiated and/or abandoned owing to material breach on the part of the 1st Defendant.b.An order be and is hereby issued directing the Defendants to return the Title Deeds issued to them in respect of the parcel of land known as L.R. Number Gesima Settlement Scheme/1075.c.The land Registrar, Nyamira is hereby ordered to rectify the register in respect of the parcel of land number Gesima Settlment Scheme/1075 and revert and/or restore it in the Plaintiff’s name in the register and issue a Title to that effect.d.Upon rectification of the register in respect of the parcel L.R. Number Gesima Settlement Scheme/1075 the Plaintiff do refund a sum of Kshs. 1,800,000/= to the 1st Defendant being the deposit paid to the Plaintiff less Kshs. 200,000/=, 10% if Kshs. 2,000,000/= so far paid to the purchaser in forfeiture for breach of the agreement of sale dated May 15, 2015.3.The costs of this suit in addition to the Defendant’s Counter claim are awarded to the Plaintiff against the Defendants jointly and severally.By an Application dated 28th March 2022, the Defendants have moved this court for the following orders: -1.That there be a stay of execution of the Judgment delivered by this Honourable Court on 28/02/2022 that is, rescinding, repudiating, the sale agreement between the 1st Applicant herein and the Plaintiff, an order directing the Defendant to return the Title Deed issued to them in respect of L.R. NO. Gesima Settlement Scheme/1075 and all consequential orders arising therefrom pending the Hearing and determination of the intended Appeal by the 1st and 2nd Applicants against the whole Decision of this Honourable Court.2.Costs of the Application.
2The grounds advanced in favour of the Application are that the Defendants’ intended Appeal is not frivolous but raises several arguable grounds of Appeal with good chances of success against this Court’s Judgment and that should the intended Appeal succeed, it would be rendered nugatory and the Applicants would suffer substantial loss if the stay is not granted.
3On the grounds on the face of the Application and in the Supporting Affidavit of Victor Swanya Ogeto, the 1st Defendant’s Director, the Applicants plead that there is an eminent risk of execution of the subject of the intended Appeal as the Respondent has already commenced the process of inviting people for viewing and consequently selling the said land.
4The Applicant further says that the Respondent’s assets and means are unknown hence the irreparability of the loss to be incurred should execution not be stayed as the Applicants’ house/shop would be demolished. The Applicants also stated that any stay granted would not prejudice the Respondent and that the Defendants are ready to abide by whatever terms given by this court. A copy of the Notice of Appeal dated 08/03/2022 with a letter of 09/03/2022 to the Deputy Registrar requesting for certified copy of Judgment and proceedings, a copy of receipt in part payment of the same and a copy of the Judgment of this court are exhibited in the Application. In her Replying Affidavit, the Decree Holder/Respondent swore an Affidavit on April 20, 2022 where she depones that the Application is devoid of merit, that she is not a woman of straw since she is a farmer and a business woman and she owns a large parcel of land and that what she contracted to sell to the 1st Applicant was only a small portion thereof. She also states that no evidence has been tabled to show that she intends to dispose of the land, the subject of Appeal, that the Decree is yet to be extracted and that she has undergone untold suffering by virtue of not utilizing the land for so many years. The Judgment she has waited for for so long should not suffer any further delay and that this court should ensure that she enjoys the fruits of the long awaited for Judgment.
5Finally, the Respondent depones that the Application is bereft of merit and the same should be dismissed with costs. I allowed both Counsel to orally submit on the merits or otherwise of the Application which oral Submissions I have carefully considered before arriving at a Decision.
6The issues for determination in an application for stay of execution pending appeal are as provided for under Order 42 rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules, 2010 which provides as follows:
7The purpose of stay pending appeal is to preserve the substratum of the case especially in land matters where the character of the suit property may be changed while the appeal is pending. The Applicant must establish that he/or she will suffer substantial loss if the order of stay is not granted.
8In the case of RWW vs. EKW  eKLR, the court stated the purpose of stay of execution order pending appeal, in the following words:
10It should also be borne in mind that the court has to balance the interests of the Applicant who is seeking to preserve the status quo pending the hearing of the appeal so that his appeal is not rendered nugatory and the interests of the Respondent who is seeking to enjoy the fruits of his judgement. That is, the Applicant to appeal and that of the successful litigant as was held in the case of Machira T/a Machira & Co Advocates Vs. East African Standard (NO 2)  KLR 63 it was held that:These principles go hand in hand and failure to prove one dislodges the other.
13The Judgment of the court delivered on February 28, 2022 was to the effect that the Title Deed issued to the 2nd Defendant in respect of L.R. No. Gesima Settlement Scheme/1075 be rectified by the Land Registrar to revert and be registered in the Plaintiff’s name upon which the Plaintiff will refund the same of Kshs. 1,800,000/= to the 1st Defendant. This is what this court has been asked to stay pending the intended appeal. The Application is brought under Order 9 Rules 9 & 10 of the Civil Procedure Rules and Order 42 Rule 6 (2) of the same. The latter sets out the benchmark: -
14The Court's discretion to order stay of execution of its Order or Decree is fettered by the following conditions, namely: -i.sufficient cause i.e. that substantial loss would ensue from a refusal to grant stay.ii.the applicant must furnish security.iii.the application must be made without unreasonable delay.iv.the applicant must demonstrate that the intended appeal will be rendered nugatory if stay is not granted.
15From the outset, it is important to set the law straight. It is not a requirement in an Application for stay of execution to interrogate whether the intended appeal has any chances of success or at all. However, no copy of the intended Memorandum of appeal that is said to have high chances of success has been annexed to the Application. This is necessary at least to indicate what prayers are being sought in the appellate court and to demonstrate whether the appeal if successful would be rendered nugatory should the stay of execution not be granted.
16On the issue of the time taken to file the current Application, Judgment having been delivered on February 28, 2022 exactly one month before the Application was made there is no doubt that there was no unreasonable delay in filing the Application. That now leaves us with the Question as to whether substantial loss may result to the Applicant unless the order for stay is granted.
17What is at stake here is the land that belonged to the Plaintiff before the impugned contract and the money that belonged to the 1st Defendant. The Decree is a hybrid one being both a monetary and a property Decree.
18I am well guided that for a monetary Decree, money may be refunded if the Decree Holder has the means to do so. But for a non-monetary Decree the court may have to weigh whether the Appeal would be rendered nugatory.
19The Judgment decreed on February 28, 2022 was to have Title to the suit land L.R. NO. Gesima Settlement Scheme/1075 be cancelled and the Register be rectified to read the name of Rael Moraa Ondika upon which rectification the Plaintiff do refund to the 1st Defendant the sum of Kshs. 1,800,000/=. Should the intended appeal be successful, the Applicants will have had the purchase price paid refunded to them. The Defendants would therefore not suffer substantial loss since the money paid by the 1st Defendant will have been recovered.
20The upshot of this is that the monies to be returned to the 1st Applicant by the Plaintiff upon rectification of the Register is enough safeguard for both Applicants should they succeed in their intended Appeal. My discretion therefore lies in favour of the Respondent and consequently the Application dated 28th March 2022 is dismissed with costs.