1.Having been granted leave on January 27, 2022 to apply for judicial review orders of mandamus against the above listed respondents, the ex parte applicants filed Notice of Motion dated February 9, 2022 seeking the following:
2.The application is supported by an affidavit sworn by Preston Chitere who deposed that the 1st applicant is the registered owner of plot numbers South Wanga/Ekero/2552 and 2553 and that the 3rd ex parte applicant is the registered owner of land proprietor of land reference number South/Wanga/Ekero/2554. That the ex-parte applicants filed Kakamega ELC No 72 of 2018 against the respondents and that the said suit later became Mumias Principal Magistrate’s ELC No 70 of 2018. That an order was issued in Mumias Principal Magistrate’s ELC No 70 of 2018 on February 1, 2019 wherein the 1st respondent herein was ordered to satisfy the decretal sum and costs in the suit. That a certificate of order against the government was issued and was served. He further deposed that the 2nd respondent was ordered to remove restrictions on land parcel numbers South/Wanga/Ekero/2552, 2553 and 2554 but the respondents completely refused to comply with the orders.
3.The application was canvassed through written submissions. Although evidence of service was availed, the respondents neither filed a response nor written submissions. They did not also attend court at the hearing of the application. The ex parte applicants filed submissions on March 29, 2022. They argued that they have established their case and they therefore urged the court to grant them the orders sought.
4.I have considered the application, the affidavits, the statement of facts and the submissions. The sole issue for determination is whether the orders sought should issue.
6.The ex parte applicants’ case is entirely unchallenged. From the material on record, it is apparent that the ex parte applicants were plaintiffs in Mumias Senior Principal Magistrate’s ELC No 70 of 2018 and that the respondents herein were defendants in the said case. The case was heard, and judgement was delivered on 1st February 2019 wherein judgement was entered against the respondents herein jointly and severally for removal of cautions on land reference number South/Wanga/Ekero/2552, 2553 and 2554 forthwith, KShs 120,000 being mesne profits and costs of the suit.
7.The costs were assessed at KShs 108,290 and a certificate of costs issued on April 2, 2019. A Certificate of Order Against the Government was also issued. Both the certificate of costs and Certificate of Order Against the Government were annexed to the affidavit in support of the present application. Equally annexed is a copy of an extracted order detailing the terms of the judgment, a letter dated December 19, 2019 from R. V. Mukoya & Co. Advocates on behalf of the ex parte applicants to the first respondent herein demanding settlement of the judgment debt. The first respondent acknowledged the letter through his letter dated 10th February 2020. A reminder letter dated June 17, 2020 was issued by the ex parte applicants’ advocates. Going by the contents of the supporting affidavit herein, it is clear that the respondents have not complied with the terms of the judgment. The respondents have a statutory obligation to comply with the judgement
9.In view of I am satisfied that the ex parte applicants have made a case for the orders sought.
10.I therefore enter judgment in favour of the ex parte applicants and make the following orders:a.An order of mandamus is hereby issued compelling the respondents jointly and severally to:i.Remove the caution on Land Reference South Wanga/Ekero/2552, 2553 and 2554 forthwith.ii.Pay KShs 120,000 (One Hundred Twenty Thousand) with interest from February 1, 2019 being the date of judgment till payment in full.iii.Pay KShs 108,290 (One Hundred Eight Thousand, Two Hundred Ninety) with interest from April 2, 2019 being the date of certificate of costs till payment in full.b.Since there was no prayer for costs in Notice of Motion dated February 9, 2022, I make no order as to costs.