1.Before court is the Respondent’s Notice of Motion application dated 20th January, 2022, wherein, the Respondent seeks orders that:i.The Honourable Court do grant leave to the Respondent/Applicant to file a cross appeal out of time against the judgment of Honourable R.K. Ondieki in Kisumu CM Employment Cause No. 223 of 2019- Tom Omunabi Omukuba v Protective Custody Limited delivered on 23rd September, 2021.ii.The Respondent/Applicant does file his cross appeal within such time as the Honourable court should direct.iii.The costs of the application be provided for.
2.The application is supported by grounds on the face of the motion and an affidavit sworn by Tom Omunabi Omukuba, the basis being that upon the Respondent reading the judgment in the matter, he discovered that the analysis by the learned magistrate in not awarding his prayers for house allowance, overtime, off days, leave allowances and certificate of service was wrong, necessitating the need to appeal.
3.The Respondent further argues that although the Appellant filed a memorandum of appeal on October 5, 2021, it is yet to file its record of appeal, and that directions are yet to be taken in respect of the main appeal by the Appellant.
4.The Appellant opposed the application through grounds of opposition dated February 7, 2022, and filed on February 9, 2022.
5.The Appellant argues that the application is an afterthought, and that the Applicant has not given sufficient cause for not filing his appeal within time.
6.It is the Appellant’s position that the prayers sought are not provided for in law and can therefore not be granted by the court.
7.Parties canvassed the application through written submissions and which have been dully considered.
8.Upon a perusal of the documents before me, and the written submissions of counsels, the issue that fall for determination is whether an extension of time to file a cross appeal should be granted.
11.By the decisions of the court in the foregoing precedents, it is not enough for an Applicant to just express his intention to file an appeal out of time, he/she bears the obligation to demonstrate that the delay in filing his appeal is not inordinate or give reasons for the delay.
12.The judgment that the Applicant/Respondent intends to appeal against was rendered on September 23, 2021, while the instant application was lodged on January 20, 2022. The time between the delivery of the judgment and the filing of the application herein, is about three (3) months. I do not consider the delay inordinate.
13.In the upshot, I allow the application and order as follows:i.That the Respondent is hereby granted leave to file a cross appeal out of time against the judgment of Honourable R.K. Ondieki in Kisumu CM Employment Cause No. 223 of 2019- Tom Omunabi Omukuba V Protective Custody Limited delivered on 23rd September, 2021.ii.That the Respondent files and serves his cross appeal within 30 days of this rulingiii.That the costs of the application shall abide the appeal.