Ndungu v Land Registrar, Kiambu & 2 others (Environment and Land Miscellaneous Application E031 of 2022)  KEELC 16206 (KLR) (13 March 2023) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEELC 16206 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Environment and Land Miscellaneous Application E031 of 2022
JG Kemei, J
March 13, 2023
Mary Wangechi Ndungu
Land Registrar, Kiambu
C W Kinuthia Advocates
Josephe Ndungu Kamau
1.The application dated the 20/5/2022 is urged under order 42 rules 4-7 and order 51 of the Civil Procedure Rules and sections 1A, 1B , 3A and 95 of the Civil Procedure Act and all other provisions of the law.
2.Dissatisfied with the trial court’s ruling dated the 12/10/2021 in Misc. Application No 21 of 2021 delivered by the Hon C N Mugo, the applicant moved this court on appeal and filed the notice of motion dated the 20/5/2022 seeking interalia the following orders;a.The court be pleased to grant the applicant leave to file an appeal out time against he ruling delivered on the 12/10/2021 in Limuru SPMCC in Misc. No 21 of 2021.b.That upon the grant of the said leave to file an appeal out of time, the memorandum of appeal on record be deemed to have been duly filed.c.Costs of the application be in the cause.
3.The application is premised on the grounds set out thereat and the supporting affidavit of the deponent sworn in May 2022. In it the deponent states that she is dissatisfied with the ruling of the trial court delivered on the 12/10/2021 and intends to file an appeal as set out in the draft memorandum of appeal annexed to the application. She bemoaned how her previous Advocates failed to file an appeal on time nor seek stay of the ruling, the subject of the appeal and urged the court not to visit the mistakes failures omissions and commissions of her erstwhile Counsel on her.
4.The court was urged to exercise its discretion in her favour seeing that her appeal is meritorious and stands a high chance of success, it will serve the best interest of justice if the application is allowed, no prejudice will visit the Respondents if the application is granted as the parties shall be afforded the right to be heard on merit. If the application is not granted the applicant avows will suffer loss, prejudice and damages.
5.The 1st respondent has not opposed the application.
6.The 2nd and 3rd respondents while opposing the application maintained that the same is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the process of the Court. They filed grounds of opposition dated the 2/6/2022 on the grounds that; the applicant has not complied with the provisions of order 9 rule 9 of the Civil Procedure Rules; the Advocate on record failed to seek the leave of the court or obtain consent of the previous Advocate to come on record and for those reasons urged the court to dismiss the application with costs to the 2nd and 3rd respondents.
7.The applicant filed written submissions through the firm of WAKLAW Advocates and the 2nd and 3rd respondents filed through the firm of C W Kinuthia & Company Advocates. I have read and considered the said submissions on record.
8.The key issues for determination are; whether the applicant has complied with the provisions of order 9 rule 9 of the Civil Procedure Rules; Secondly whether the applicant is entitled to leave to file an appeal out of time; thirdly who meets the costs of the application.
9.Order 9 rule 9 Civil Procedure Rules provides;(a)upon an application with notice to all the parties; or(b)upon a consent filed between the outgoing Advocate and the proposed incoming Advocate or party intending to act in person as the case may be.”
10.It has not been denied by the applicant that she was represented by another advocate in the trial court which advocate has been blamed for not filing the appeal on time. the court was not shown when the instructions to file appeal were given. That said the fact of the change of representation having been admitted needed to have complied with the provisions of order 9 rule 9 of the Civil Procedure Rules.
11.This court has previously pronounced itself on this subject in the case of Stephen Mwangi Kimote Vs Murata Sacco Society  eKLR that;
12.I am guided by the crisp words of the appellate court in Symposia Consult Limited v George Gikere Kaburu & 2 others  eKLR where the court stated as follows;
13.In the upshot I find the firm of Messrs WAKLAW Advocates have not complied with the Provisions of order 9 rule 9 of the Civil Procedure Rules. I find no necessity to consider the 2nd issue in the circumstances.
14.Final ordersa.The application being improperly before court is hereby struck out.b.The costs shall be in favour of the 2nd and 3rd respondents.
15.It is so ordered.
DELIVERED, DATED AND SIGNED AT THIKA THIS 13TH DAY OF MARCH, 2023 VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS.J G KEMEIJUDGEDelivered online in the presence of;Kirimi for Applicant1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents - AbsentCourt Assistants – Esther / Kevin