1.Before the court for determination is a notice of motion application datedSeptember 1, 2022 by the applicant seeking orders that:-i.Spent.ii.Pending the hearing and determination of this application, there be a stay of execution of the judgement entered on January 26, 2022and the ensuing decree dated February 17, 2022.iii.The warrants of attachment issued to Vintage Auctioneers and proclamation on September 1, 2022be set aside entirely.iv.The costs of thisapplication be awarded to the applicants.
3.The affiant states that the applicant had already provided the requisite bank guarantee and an appeal had already been filed to wit Appeal No 109 of 2022 and a copy of the memorandum of appeal was attached and counsels were in talks on a possible compromise of the appeal.
4.It is deposed that despite the foregoing, the auctioneers forced their way into a truck owned by I&M Bank Ltd and theapplicant herein, Fuso F1V1 KDD 053L in Nairobi, Industrial Area as it was transacting company business on the morning of September 1, 2022.
5.That the auctioneer had neither set their costs nor stated the date of the decree and the jointly owned lorry was grossly undervalued and the proclamation was lacking in specificity and the auctioneer failed to introduce himself and forced his way to the vehicle.
6.The affiant states that the decretal amount is exaggerated and the application was filed timeously.
7.In his replying affidavitsworn on September 16, 2022, the respondent deposes that the orders of stay of execution of judgment and decree dated January 26, 2022and February 17, 2022respectively were inefficacious as they had been overtaken by events since the auctioneers had carted away the proclaimed goods and were in the process of disposing them.
8.That Vintage Auctioneers had attached a truck Fuso F1V1 Reg No KDD 053L.
9.That the applicant had filed a similar application dated April 8, 2022seeking similar orders and the court directed the applicant to provide a bank guarantee within 30 days failing which the decree holder had liberty to execute the decree.
10.That the 30 days lapsed on July 12, 2022 and the applicant had not provided a bank guarantee within the 30 days but served the same upon the decree-holder’s advocate on July 15, 2022.
11.The affiant stated that the proclamation dated September 1, 2022was proper.
12.The affiant further stated that the applicant’s prayer to set aside the Warrant of Attachment issued to Vintage Auctioneers and proclamation on September 1, 2022 was an abuse of court process.
13.That the multiple applications by the applicant were intended to frustrate the decree-holder from enjoying the fruits of his judgement.
14.That the decretal sum had not been grossly exaggerated.
15.It is the decree-holder’s case that the instant application was unmerited and should be dismissed with costs.
16.The Application came up for hearing on September 19, 2022 and both counsels were ready to proceed.
17.While the decree-holder’s counsel relied on the replying affidavit dated September 16, 2022, theapplicant’s counsel made oral submissions.
18.Counsel submitted that the instant application sought the setting aside of the proclamation order datedSeptember 1, 2022on the grounds that:a.The applicant provided a bank guarantee and it was accepted by therespondent and also retains the proclaimed truck. It was urged that the decree-holder could keep both.Second, counsel submitted that a copy of the log book on record showed that the vehicle was co-owned by the applicant and Investment & Mortgages Bank Ltd.Thirdly, the applicant had filed an appeal against the decision of the lower court in Appeal No E109 of 2022 and the decree-holder could not purport to proclaim when the appeal was underway.
19.The decree-holder’s counsel submitted that by its orders issued on June 13, 2022, the court directed the applicant to issue a bank guarantee within 30 days failing which the decree-holder had liberty to execute and execution commenced after the duration lapsed. That the decree-holder had liberty to take that option.
20.Counsel admitted that the proclaimed truck was co-owned by the applicant and a bank.
21.It was further submitted that the existence of an appeal does not necessarily mean that stay orders had been overtaken by events.
22.Finally, it was submitted that the application was unmerited and should be disallowed.
23.The singular issue for determination is whether the application herein is merited.
24.It is not in dispute that theapplicant herein filed an application datedApril 8, 2022 under certificate of urgencyseeking inter-alia stay of execution of the decree ensuing from the default judgement issued onJanuary 26, 2022in Kajiado CMEL 10A of 2020 and a similar order was sought in thecurrent application.
25.The only addition in thecurrent applicationis the setting aside of the warrants of attachment issued to Vintage Auctioneers and proclamation onSeptember 1, 2022.
26.When the application came up on September 6, 2022, the court issued interim orders pending the hearing and determination of the application.
27.A stay of execution of the judgement entered on January 26, 2022and the ensuing decree.
28.The orders are dated September 12, 2022.
29.A similar order had been made on June 13, 2022.
30.As matters stand, there is already an order of stay in force dated September 12, 2022. The court is satisfied that no such order is necessary at this stage.
31.As regards the prayer for lifting of the warrants of attachment issued the Vintage Auctioneers, the applicant relied on the submissions that the applicant provided a bank guarantee dated July 15, 2022which the decree-holder’s counsel on record accepted and that it had already filed an appeal and a copy of the memorandum of appeal was attached.
32.Although the memorandum of appealis dated July 7, 2022, there is no evidence that further action has been taken to prosecute the appeal. There is no evidence that a request for typed proceedings has been made and there are no timelines for preparation of the record of appeal.
33.That is all the court can say on that issue.
34.In its ruling dated June 13, 2022delivered in court virtually on even date, the court directed the applicant herein provide a bank guarantee for the decretal sum and costs within 30 days from that date failing which the decree holder would have liberty to execute the decree.
35.From the submissions by counsel and the supporting and replying affidavits and annextures to the application, it is clear that the bank guarantee was not provided within the prescribed duration.
36.The document on record is dated July 15, 2022and it is unclear when it was served upon the decree-holder’s counsel.
37.The supporting affidavitsworn by Avril Mbulwa dated September 1, 2022assails the auctioneer’s conduct and the proclamation but is reticent on when the bank guaranteewas provided.
38.Contrary to the decree-holder counsel’s submission that the 30 days lapsed on July 12, 2022, the duration indeed lapsed on July 13, 2022.
39.It is unclear to the court why the applicant’s counsel did not apply for extension of the duration if client had challenges securing the bank guarantee within the 30 days period. The applicant has not faulted the duration in any way but has not demonstrated why the guarantee was not provided on time to obviate execution of the decree.
40.The court is in agreement with the decree-holder counsel’s submission that nothing prevented the decree-holder from executing the decree after July 13, 2022.
41.However, acceptance of the bank guarantee by counsel for the decree-holder after taking possession of motor vehicle Reg No KDD F1V1 was improper as it accorded the decree-holder double security without justification and one must be surrendered forthwith.
42.It requires no belabouring that the current application filed under certificate of urgencywas necessitated by the applicant’s failure to obey court directions and failure to seek extension of time. The execution process initiated by the decree-holder was at the time a lawful process.
43.Needless to emphasize, the ruling dated and delivered on June 13, 2022addressed the circumstances in which a grant of execution may be made using relevant judicial authority and the issue of provision of security was sufficiently canvassed as the applicant had indicated that it was ready and willing to provide adequate security which it did not provide within the timeline given by the court.
45.The issue of adequacy of the security was also addressed in Nduhiu Gitahi & another V Anna Wambui Warugongo (1988 – 92) 2 KAR 100.
46.Evidently, the applicant did not provide adequate security as required by law. For the foregoing reasons, it is the finding of the court that the applicant’s application dated September 1, 2022is unsustainable and is accordingly dismissed.
47.However, as adverted to elsewhere in this ruling, the decree-holder is directed to surrender the bank guarantee or the motor vehicle to the applicant within 2 days of the date hereof.
48.There shall be no order as to costs.
49.It is so ordered.