1.On 23rd September 2021, O.N Makau J delivered judgment in this matter, inter alia, awarding the 1st Claimant, Anne Waceke Makori the sum of Kshs. 11,444,800 in compensation for unfair termination of employment, while at the same time allowing the Respondent’s counterclaim against the 1st Claimant in the sum of Kshs. 10,597,214 plus interest at commercial rates from 23rd September 2021, in respect of a loan amount owed by the 1st Claimant to the Respondent Bank.
2.The Respondent thereafter moved the Court by way of Notice of Motion dated 11th November 2021, seeking the following reliefs:a.Stay of execution of the decree issued by the Court pursuant to the judgment rendered on 23rd September 2021 and specifically a stay of execution in respect of that portion of the decree which requires the Respondent Bank to pay the 1st Claimant, Anne Waceke Makori, a sum of Kshs. 11,444,800 (subject to statutory deductions) (with interest at court rates from 23rd September 2021);b.Review and variation of a portion of the judgment and decree of 23rd September 2021 and specifically the portion that ordered that the 1st Claimant should pay the Respondent Bank an amount of Kshs. 10,597,214 (plus interest at commercial rates from 23rd September 2021).
3.The first prayer was granted at the ex parte stage by Onyango J on 17th November 2021.
4.The Respondent now asks the Court to review the judgment and decree dated 23rd September 2021, in the following terms:a.That in addition to the Kshs. 10,597,214 to be paid by the 1st Claimant to the Respondent Bank, the 1st Claimant do pay to the Respondent the interest accrued on the said amount (calculated at staff interest rates) from the date of termination of her employment on 11th November 2012 up and until the date of the judgment on 23rd September 2021;b.That the aforesaid Kshs. 10,597,214 plus interest accrued thereon (at staff interest rates) from 11th November 2014 up until 23rd September 2021 do attract commercial interest rates from the date of the judgment up until payment in full.
5.The application is supported by an affidavit sworn by the Respondent’s Head of Legal, James Murage and is based on the following grounds:a.Judgment in this matter was rendered by O.N Makau J on 23rd September 2021;b.In rendering the judgment, the Court decreed, inter alia, that the Respondent Bank should pay the 1st Claimant, Anne Waceke Makori, a sum of Kshs. 11,444,800 (subject to statutory deductions) (with interest at court rates from 23rd September 2021) as compensation for unfair termination of her contract of employment;c.In respect of the counterclaim, the Court decreed that the 1st Claimant should pay the Respondent Bank an amount of Kshs. 10,597,214 (plus interest at commercial rates from 23rd September 2021) in respect of a loan amount owed by the 1st Claimant to the Respondent Bank;d.In decreeing that the 1st Claimant pays the said Kshs. 10,597,214 loan amount, the learned Trial Judge failed to take into account the interest (at staff rates) accrued on the said amount from the date of termination of the Claimant’s employment on 11th November 2014, up until the date of judgment;e.Two Judges of this Court, Onyango J and Abuodha J, had on two different occasions, on 5th December 2014 and 12th February 2016, respectively ordered that the 1st Claimant continues (from the date of termination of her employment) to service her loans at staff rates, pending the hearing and determination of the main suit;f.The above orders of the Court as rendered by Onyango J and Abuodha J have neither been appealed nor set aside;g.The learned Trial Judge, O.N Makau J himself acknowledged, under paragraph 118 of the judgment, the foregoing findings by his fellow judges;h.The 1st Claimant has not serviced the loan amount of Kshs. 10,597,214 (with or without interest) from the date of termination of her employment on 11th November 2014;i.There is need for the judgment to be reviewed to incorporate, into the amount of Kshs. 10,597,214, the interest accrued (at staff rates) from the date of termination of the 1st Claimant’s employment up until the date of the judgment;j.The Claimants have extracted the decree in respect of the judgment and in the circumstances, the Respondent Bank is reasonably apprehensive that the 1st Claimant may proceed to execute the decree before the issue of what is properly due and owing from her to the Respondent Bank, up until the date of judgment, is determined;k.The Claimant Bank is not opposed to paying the 2nd and 3rd Claimants the sums decreed to be due and owing to them (minus statutory deductions) under the judgment and is in fact in the process of releasing the said sums to their Advocates;l.No prejudice will be suffered by the 1st Claimant were the orders sought in this application to be granted as what is proposed by the Respondent Bank is to have the 1st Claimant pay what is properly due and owing to the Bank as per the loan agreements she had entered into with the Bank and also as per the orders of the Court as issued by Onyango J on 5th December 2014, Abuodha J on 12th February 2016 and O.N Makau J on 23rd September 2021;m.There exists an error on the face of the judgment and sufficient reason to justify a review of the decree of the Court issued on 23rd September 2021;n.The instant application has been made without unreasonable delay;o.The Respondent Bank is willing, as a condition for the grant of stay of execution as prayed, to pay as security for due performance of the decree that may be found to be ultimately binding on it, a sum of Kshs. 100,000 a sum in excess of the difference between the decretal sum that was decreed as being due from the Respondent Bank to the 1st Claimant (after statutory deductions) and the decretal sum that was decreed as being due from the 1st Claimant to the Bank in the counterclaim;p.After applying statutory deductions to the sum due from the Respondent Bank to the 1st Claimant, being Kshs. 11,444,800 the sum that would be due to the 1st Claimant is Kshs. 8,238,318 which is less than the amount due from her to the Bank, even before applying the staff interest rate of 4% from the date of termination of her employment on 11th November 2014 up until the date of judgment on 23rd September 2021;q.The Respondent stands to suffer substantial loss in the event the prayers sought herein are not granted;r.In the circumstances, it is only right and just that the instant application be heard and disposed of on a priority basis.
6.In response to the Respondent’s application, the 1st Claimant, Anne Waceke Makori filed a replying affidavit sworn on 25th February 2022.
7.She contends that in his judgment dated 23rd September 2021, O.N Makau J factored in the orders issued by Onyango J on 5th December 2014 and Abuodha J on 12th February 2016.
8.Makori states that by the present application, the Respondent seeks to have the matter reheard and a new decision arrived at, which cannot be achieved by a review of judgment. She takes the view that this Court is functus officio.
9.According to the 1st Claimant, the Respondent has not proffered any valid ground for review of judgment as provided in law. She points out that the power of review is not to be confused with appellate power which may enable an appellate court to correct all manner of mistakes committed by the court below.
11.Rule 33(1) of the Procedure Rules provides as follows:
12.The Respondent pursues the argument that by failing to take into account interest accrued on the loan amount owed by the 1st Claimant, the Trial Judge occasioned an apparent error, calling for review of the judgment.
13.In dealing with an application for review, the Court must caution itself against sitting on appeal over its own decision. The rule of thumb is that a matter whose determination would call for drawn out argument and reasoning cannot be the subject of review.
14.In National Bank of Kenya Limited v Njau Njau (1995-99) 2 EA 249, the Court of Appeal stated thus:
15.By its application, the Respondent invites me to vary a substantive finding made by my brother Judge in his judgment dated 23rd September 2021. I find no legal basis to do so. As held in Francis Njoroge v Stephen Maina Kamore  eKLR a wrong view on an issue may be a ground for appeal but certainly not a ground for review.
16.In the result, the Respondent’s application dated 11th November 2021 is declined with costs to the 1st Claimant.
17.The interim orders granted on 17th November 2021 are vacated.