Maiga v Kampala Coach Limited (Cause 571 of 2013)  KEELRC 109 (KLR) (26 January 2023) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEELRC 109 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Cause 571 of 2013
L Ndolo, J
January 26, 2023
George Githae Maiga
Kampala Coach Limited
1.On 29th January 2016, this Court entered judgement in favour of the Claimant as against the Respondent in the sum of Kshs. 77,971 plus costs and interest.
2.It appears that the Claimant was unable to recoup his award from the Respondent. He therefore filed a Notice of Motion dated 24th August 2022, seeking orders to lift the corporate veil and pave way for execution against the Respondent’s directors.
3.The Motion is supported by the Claimant’s own affidavit and is based on the following grounds:a.That the Claimant obtained judgment against the Respondent on 29th January 2016;b.That the Respondent has closed down and there are no known assets capable of attachment;c.That it is only prudent that the known director of the Respondent be made a party to pave way for execution;d.That unless the Court lifts the corporate veil in this matter, the decree will be rendered nugatory;e.That justice demands grant of the orders sought.
4.Service was effected upon Ahlam Basiet Abdul, one of the named directors of the Respondent but there was no response.
5.In his submissions before the Court, the Claimant stated that the Respondent had shut down operations in 2013. He was however not aware whether the Company had been wound up.
6.By his Motion, the Claimant asks the Court to lift the Respondent’s corporate veil to allow him to proceed against the directors of the Company.
7.The law on lifting of the corporate veil was settled a long time ago in Salomon v Salomon & Co Ltd (1897) AC 22 HL to the effect that the veil of incorporation will only be lifted in the face of fraud or some other misconduct of equal gravity on the part of directors or shareholders. Lifting of the corporate veil is thus not a common place practice.
8.In Corporate Insurance Co. Ltd v Savemax Insurance Brokers Ltd & another (HCCC No. 125 of 2002) Ringeral J (as he then was) stated the following:
9.More recently in Kolaba Enterprise Ltd v Shamsudin Hussein Varvani & another  eKLR Gikonyo J stated thus:
10.In Michael Kyambati v Principal Magistrate, Milimani Commercial Courts, Nairobi & another  eKLR Odunga J (as he then was) restated this principle in the following terms:
11.In the present case, all the Claimant states is that the Respondent has no known assets. There is no explanation as to any attempts made towards recovery of the decretal sum from the Respondent nor is there any evidence of fraud on the part of the named director(s).
12.Further, there is no proper explanation as to why the Claimant took close to ten years before moving the Court for assistance towards crystallisation of his award.
13.In the circumstances of this case, I find and hold that the conditions for lifting of the Respondent’s corporate veil have not been met and the Motion dated 24th August 2022 is declined with no orders for costs.
DELIVERED VIRTUALLY AT NAIROBI THIS 26TH DAY OF JANUARY 2023.LINNET NDOLOJUDGEAppearance:George Githae Maiga (the Claimant in person)No appearance for the Respondent