1.The 1st defendant/applicant filed the instant motion dated July 20, 2021 seeking orders that;a.The suit be dismissed for want of prosecution.b.Costs of this application and of the entire suit be met by the plaintiff.
2.The application is based on the grounds thereat and supporting affidavit of Paul Gachuki Mbuthia the 1st defendant/applicant. He deponed that the plaintiff has not taken any steps to fix the matter for hearing and or has lost interest in the suit and is only out to frustrate the 1st defendant by filing suit that she is not keen to prosecute. There has been inordinate delay in prosecuting the matter for the last three years given that pleadings closed and the matter is yet to go for pretrial conference. The applicant urged the court to dismiss the suit.
3.There is no evidence on record to show that the plaintiff filed a response to the application despite the undertaking by his advocate Mr Nyamweya having sought and obtained leave of the court to file a response within 7 days from the October 13, 2022.
4.Despite directions having been taken none of the parties have filed written submissions. I shall determine the application based on the record.
6.I note from the record that the suit was filed on the August 14, 2019 and the 1st defendant filed his defence on the October 8, 2019 hence the closure of pleadings. Thereafter the plaintiff wrote to the deputy registrar on the December 2, 2020 seeking a date for pretrial. Nothing took place until the court issued a notice to show cause on the July 8, 2021 in which the plaintiff responded and intimated her willingness and readiness to prosecute her case.
7.Cognizant of the right to be heard, there is every reason to grant the application to dismiss the suit for want of prosecution given the apparent slow action of the plaintiff to expedite the hearing of the case. However I shall indulge the plaintiff so that she may have her day in court purely in the interest of justice but on condition that the plaintiff pays throw away costs of Kshs 20,000/- to the defendants.
8.In the end I direct the plaintiff to fix the matter for pretrial and eventual hearing within a period of 30 days in default this suit shall stand dismissed with no further orders from the court.
DELIVERED, DATED AND SIGNED AT THIKA THIS 19TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2022 VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS.J G KEMEIJUDGEDelivered online in the presence of;Plaintiff – AbsentNjonjo for 1st and 2nd Defendants3rd Defendant - Absent Court Assistant – Phyllis / Kevin