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|Case Number:||Civil Case 322 of 1992|
|Parties:||Moses Ondiegi Okoth v Jonathan Orengo Obiayo|
|Date Delivered:||06 Jul 1995|
|Court:||High Court at Kisumu|
|Judge(s):||Richard Charles Namasaka Kuloba|
|Citation:||Moses Ondiegi Okoth v Jonathan Orengo Obiayo eKLR|
|Parties Profile:||Individual v Individual|
Moses Ondiegi Okoth v Jonathan Orengo Obiayo
High Court, at Kisumu July 6, 1995
Civil Case No 322 of 1992
Civil Practice and Procedure – pleadings – striking out – doctrine of res judicata – where same parties, same matter and same points arise as arose in earlier case – whether suit barred by doctrine of res judicata.
This was an application for an order that the suit be struck out on the ground that it was barred by the doctrine of res judicata, the Court of Appeal having decided the same matter between the same parties in Civil Appeal No 146 of 1990.
It was conceded that the parties were the same parties in the Court of Appeal over a matter which arose in the High Court at Kisumu in HCCC No 138 of 1987.
The issue was whether the point that was not expressly granted by the decree, should be deemed to have been refused, and therefore barred by the doctrine of res judicata in the present case.
1. The same point that arose in the earlier case is arising again in the present suit.
2. Any matter which ought to have been decided in the former suit is deemed to have been in issue and determined.
3. The doctrine of res judicata applies.
No cases referred.
1. Civil Procedure Act (cap 21) section 7
2. Registered Land Act (cap 300) section 143(1)
|Case Outcome:||Suit dismissed.|
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REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT KISUMU
CIVIL CASE NO 322 OF 1992
MOSES ONDIEGI OKOTH .....................PLAINTIFF
JONATHAN ORENGO OBIAYO..............DEFENDANT
This is an application for an order that the suit be struck out on the ground that it is barred by the doctrine of res judicata, the Court of Appeal having decided the same matter between the same parties in Civil Appeal No. 146 of 1990.
It is conceded that these very parties were the same parties in the Court of Appeal over a matter which arose in the High Court at Kisumu in HCCC No 138 of 1987. There is no serious dispute that in the earlier case as in the present, the claim is ownership of the land parcel No North Nyakach/ Agoro West/721, and the rectification of the land register.
There, as in the instant case the issue basically were (a) the locus standi of the plaintiff and (b) whether a first registration under the Registered Land Act could be rectified, given the provisions of section 143(1) of that Act. These points arose squarely in the previous suit, and the Court of Appeal having decided the first issue against the plaintiff, found it unnecessary to consider the second one.
In law, as the same point arose, in the earlier case, and it is arising again, the doctrine of res judicata applies, because under explanation (5) to section 7 of Civil Procedure Act, which is not expressly granted by the decree is, for the purposes of this section, deemed to have been refused. And, by explanation (4) any matter which ought to have been decided in a former suit is deemed to have been in issue and decided.
If that is a correct reading of the provisions on res judicata on this aspect, then this is a correct reading of the section.
This suit is barred. It is struck out and dismissed on the ground of res judicata.
The plaintiff shall pay the costs of the suit of the application.
I so order.
Dated and delivered at kisumu this 6th day of July 1995