1.By a plaint dated June 12, 2018, the plaintiff sought the following orders; -a.A declaration that the plaintiff is the legal and/or entitled owner of all that parcel of land on plot number 918 Ngomeni Scheme.b.A permanent injunction restraining thedefendant herein, her agents, servants and/or any other person acting under her, from trespassing, cultivating, building, selling or otherwise dealing with the suit property in any manner whatsoever.c.Costs of this suit.d.Any other relief this honourable court deems fit to grant.
2.The defendant despite being served with summons to enter appearance neither filed a memorandum of appearance nor a defence. He also did not participate in the proceedings and therefore the suit proceeded undefended.
3.PW1 John Luwali Mulazo Kenga adopted his witness statement and stated that he bought the suit land for Kshs. 60,000/- from Dama Mulanda Tsawe Konde who is deceased.
4.PW 1 also stated that he bought the suit land while the defendant was inoccupation and has refused to move out of the land. PW1 produced agreements of sale with the late Dama Mulanda Konde.
Analysis And Determination
5.The issue for determination is whether the plaintiff has proved that he is the rightful owner of the suit land.
6.The plaintiff stated that he bought the suit land from one Dama Mulanda Tsawe Konde (deceased) for a consideration of Kshs 60,000/- and that the Defendant was in occupation when he purchased it. The Plaintiff further stated in the plaint and in his evidence that the said Dama Konde (deceased) is the registered owner of the suit land. Neither a title nor a search was exhibited to ascertain the ownership of the suit land.
7.I notice that the plaintiff is seeking for a declaration that he is the rightful and legal owner of the suit land and a permanent injunction restraining the defendant from dealing with the land. The law states that he who alleges must prove. It is incumbent upon the Plaintiff to prove what he has alleged that he is the rightful owner of the suit land.
8.The court cannot countenance a situation where it has given an order that the suit land belongs to the Plaintiff while there are real owners with the title deed which the pPaintiff has neither produced or proven.
9.In one breath the plaintiff states that the land belongs to him and another that the land is registered in the name of one Dama Konde deceased whose legal representative is not in the picture. He also admits that the defendant was in occupation of the suit land when he bought the land. Even though the plaintiff’s case is undefended and uncontroverted, this does not mean that the burden of proof is also thrown out of the window.
11.I have considered the plaint, the evidence and submissions by counsel and come to the conclusion that theplaintiff has not proved his case on a balance of probabilities and is therefore dismissed with no orders as to costs.