1.This Ruling relates to the Claimant’s Notice of Motion dated 1st February, 2022 seeking the following orders: -a.That the orders entered in the month of November, 2021 dismissing the suit herein be reviewed and/or set aside in favour of the claimant.b.That the suit be reinstated and set down for hearing on merits.c.That the cost of this application be in the cause.
2.The application is supported by the Affidavit sworn on 1st February, 2022 by the Claimant. In brief the Claimant contends that she was not served with the Notice to Show Cause since was sent through the wrong postal address, that is, P.O box 8054 instead of 854 Kisii. She also contends that on the eve of the mention date, she received a call from one Mr. Mogaka from his mobile number 0706xxxxxx alerting her about the Notice to Show Cause but she could not attend the Court because she had just delivered a baby. She further contends that she was desirous to prosecute her suit but things were complicated by the Covid -19 Pandemic. She urges that it is in the interest of justice that the suit be reinstated for hearing.
3.The respondent opposed the application vide the Replying Affidavit sworn on 4th March, 2022 by Mr. Daniel Orambui Ombaso. In brief he contends that the Claimant failed to take steps to prosecute the suit for a long time forcing the Court to serve Notice to Show Cause to all the parties. Again the Claimant did not attend Court to show cause prompting the defense counsel to ask the Court to dismiss the suit for want of prosecution. Therefore the respondent opposed the instant application for the reinstatement of the suit.
4.The application was canvassed by written submissions. The Claimant filed hers on 7th April, 2022 while the Respondent filed on 26th April 2022.
5.Having carefully considered the materials presented to the Court and the court record itself the following issues arise for determination: -a.Whether Applicant has shown sufficient cause to warrant review of the impugned order.b.Whether allowing the application will prejudice the respondent.
Sufficient cause for review and setting aside dismissal order
8.impugned order dismissing the suit was made on 11th November, 2021 and the application for review and reinstatement was made on 1st February, 2022. The period taken to make the application was on 1st February, 2022 was about three months thereafter. In the circumstances of this case, I find that the delay in making the application was not unreasonable.
9.In addition to the issue of the time taken to make the application, the applicant must demonstrate sufficient ground for review and reinstating of the suit. The applicant must prove that he was prevented from attending Court on the hearing date by a good cause. In Shah v Mbogo and Another  EA 116 the Court of Appeal of East Africa held that:
10.The Claimant states that she was not served with the Notice to Show Cause since a wrong postal address was used to effect the service. She further averred that although she was alerted about the listing of the matter for Notice to Show Cause on the eve of the mention date, she could not attend Court since she had delivered a baby.
11.As regards the failure to take steps to prosecute the suit, the Claimant contended that she was prevented to do so by the Covid-19 pandemic.
12.The Respondent, has, not rebutted the contention by the Claimant that the Notice to Show Cause was not properly served. I have perused the court record and confirmed that in deed the notice was served through P.O Box 8054 Kisii as opposed to the address given for service by the Claimant in her pleadings being P.O Box 854 Kisii. The said wrong service is evident on the Notice served which was returned by the Affidavit of service sworn on 23rd November, 2021. Therefore, I find and hold that the applicant has established sufficient ground to warrant the review and setting aside of the order dismissing the suit on 11th November, 2021.
13.The Respondent has not demonstrated any prejudice which cannot be compensated by costs if the application is allowed. It was however, obvious that dismissal of the application would prejudice the Claimant more since she would be forever banished from the seat of justice for no fault on her part. Consequently, I allow the application as prayed but with costs to the respondent which I have assessed at Kshs. 5000.