1.A preliminary objection was raised during the trial to have document number 8 in the bundle produced by the claimant dated July 9, 2020 which is an audio recording of events of January 6, 2020 and document number 2 (transcript of a phone call recording) dated July 26, 2021 be excluded on the grounds that the recording adduced was illegally obtained and the certificate dated July 9, 2020 and July 26, 2021 of the electronic recording be excluded from evidence before court. That the recording was not notified to the respondent’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Finance Officer and therefore infringes on the respondent’s right to privacy protected under article 31(d) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 which provides that: -
2.The respondent submitted that any evidence obtained in a manner that violates any right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of Rights shall be excluded if the admission of the evidence would render the trial unfair or is detrimental to administration of justice.
3.The court was referred to the High Court decision by Mrima, J in RC -vs- KKR  eKLR as follows: -
5.The claimant submitted that the evidence was validly produced before court and in terms of the procedure under the Evidence Act, Cap 8o Laws of Kenya.
6.The fourth objection was that the certificates of the electronic recordings dated July 9, 2020 did not specify the email address used and the make and number of the telephone used. That it is not explained in the certificate how the recording was obtained and the serial number of the device used. That the recording was transferred months after the recording was done and there is no telling what changes may have occurred to the recording in the intervening period.
7.Upon considering the objection and submissions by both parties, the court is satisfied that the recording sought to be adduced by the claimant was illegally obtained without notification of the person whose communication was recorded.
8.Furthermore, the information given in the certificate of electronic recording dated July 9, 2020 and July 26, 2021 is not sufficiently comprehensive as to satisfy the court that the requirements under the Evidence Act, Cap 80 laws of Kenya on the production of electronic evidence were satisfied by the claimant.
9.Accordingly, the court upholds the objection and directs the two items of evidence being document No 8 of July 9, 2020 and document No 2 of July 26, 2021 be expunged from the record and the electronic recordings thereof are excluded from the evidence before court for consideration.
10.Costs in the cause.