1.The applicant seeks for extension of time within which to lodge a notice of appeal and to have the notice filed on 2nd of August 2022 to be deemed to be duly served and properly on record the applicant having been aggrieved by the judgment and decree of the High Court in HCCC No 408 of 2021 and intends to appeal against the same.
2.In two affidavits one sworn by Peter Vuhya and the other learned counsel for the applicant, Musa M’mbwana Nandwa both allude to the fact that the judgement was delivered in the absence of counsel or a representative of the applicant, the said judgment having delayed and was eventually delivered without notice to the applicant or his counsel who came to learn of the same upon being served with the decree one and a half months or there about later by counsel for the respondent.
3.The applicant contends further that upon receiving information on the judgement they instructed their counsel who within 7 days filed the notice of intention to appeal and a day after filed the application for extension of time.
4.Notable and despite service of the hearing notice no response was placed on record by the respondent meaning that the application remains unopposed.
5.This court has been asked to invoke rule 4 of this courts Rules which provide as follows; -
6.The court has wide and unfettered discretion and may extend time or any decision or doing of an act on such terms as it thinks just. This discretion ought to be excised judiciously and reasonably and upon satisfactory explanation and taking into consideration other relevant factors.In Karny Zaharya & another vs Shalom Levi Civil Appl No 80 of 2018, Koome, JA (as she then was) stated:
7.The delay herein as explained cannot be blamed on the applicant nor is there any apparent likelihood of prejudice on the part of the respondent in the circumstances. It also appears to me that the intended appeal is arguable and not frivolous and it would therefore be wrong to shut out the applicant from pursuing the intended appeal.
8.Against the above analysis the time within which to file and lodge the notice of intention to appeal is hereby extended and the same is deemed to be duly on record and served.
9.Costs will abide the outcome of appeal.