Karogo v Karen Hospital Limited t/a The Karen Hospital (Cause 1216 of 2018)  KEELRC 567 (KLR) (2 March 2023) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEELRC 567 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Cause 1216 of 2018
L Ndolo, J
March 2, 2023
Wilson Githaiga Karogo
Karen Hospital Limited T/A The Karen Hospital
1.This ruling relates to a preliminary objection raised by the respondent in its response dated September 19, 2018 and by notice of even date. The objection is based on the single ground that the claimant’s claim is statute barred by dint of section 90 of the Employment Act.
2.The court directed the parties to file written submissions on the preliminary objection. At the time of writing this ruling, only the Respondent had complied.
3.In its written submissions dated November 7, 2022, the respondent submits that the claimant, having resigned effective April 1, 2015, ought to have filed his claim by April 1, 2018. The respondent therefore concludes that the claimant’s claim dated July 19, 2018 is time barred.
4.The respondent’s objection is premised on section 90 of the Employment Act which provides:90Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4(1) of the Limitation of Actions Act, no civil action or proceedings based or arising out of this Act or a contract of service in general shall lie or be instituted unless it is commenced within three years next after the act, neglect or default complained or in the case of continuing injury or damage within twelve months next after the cessation thereof.
5.It is not in contest that the claimant’s employment with the respondent came to an end on April 1, 2015, being the effective date of his resignation. This was the accrual date of his cause of action and on the every outside, any claim he had ought to have been brought within three years after April 1, 2015.
6.The law on limitation of actions arising out of contracts of employment is crafted in a way that leaves no room for discretion. This position was well stated by the Court of Appeal in its decision in Beatrice Kahai Adagala v Postal Corporation of Kenya  eKLR in the following terms:
7.In the present case, the claimant’s claim was filed out of time by a short margin of about three months. However, even one day beyond the limitation period is way too long, as the discretion of the court is completely fettered in matters of limitation of time for claims arising out of contracts of employment. I therefore have nothing more to do other than to strike out the claimant’s claim, which I hereby do.
8.Each party will bear their own costs.
DELIVERED VIRTUALLY AT NAIROBI THIS 2ND DAY OF MARCH 2023LINNET NDOLOJUDGEAppearance:Mr. Mwaura h/b for Mr. Otinga for the ClaimantMr. Sigoma for Respondent