1.The application before me is brought by the 1st defendant/applicant against the plaintiff /respondent under section 1A, 1B and 3A of the Civil Procedure Act, order 45, rule 1 and 2 of the Civil Procedure Rules, 2010 and all other enabling sections of the law.
2.The application is dated March 18, 2022 and is supported by a replying affidavit Faith Nteere, the Legal Manager of the 1st defendant.
3.The applicant seeks to have the honourable court review and vary the orders it issued on December 16, 2021 in the following matter;
4.The application is premised on the following grounds:-
5.The application is supported by an affidavit sworn by Faith Nteere, the Legal Manager of the 1st defendant/applicant of March 18, 2022 and a supplementary affidavit by said Legal Manager sworn on September 25, 2022.
6.The application is opposed and the plaintiff / respondent has filed a replying affidavit of Adan Haji Issack sworn on May 12, 2022. The 2nd defendant did not file any documents either in support or opposition to this application.
7.Both parties filed written submissions to the application and also made oral highlights of their submissions.
8.Having read and evaluated the submissions made before me and heard the counsels for the parties, I note that the order that this honourable court issued on the December 21, 2021, was premised on the court’s reasoning that the plaintiff, by making a substantive investment towards purchase of the suit property, had acquired rights over the property and were therefore entitled to a notice if the 1st respondent was minded to proceed with its exercise of its statutory power of sale under the law.
9.I further note that the court did acknowledge that the banks interest as chargee supersedes or overrides the plaintiffs interest as purchaser but also noted that the bank, having consented to the sale between the plaintiff and the 2nd defendant by private treaty, was aware of the plaintiff’s interest in the suit property and should have notified it of its intention to dispose the property before proceeding to advertise it for sale.
10.From the affidavit sworn by the applicant’s Legal Manager, Ms faith Nteere, the applicant seeks for the court to review its orders and vacate the order of injunction to allow the 1st defendant/applicant to issue the plaintiff with the mandatory statutory notices in order to be able to proceed with the realization of the security since the 2nd defendant has since neglected its obligation to service the loan and as such, the loan continues to accrue interest and currently stands at Kshs 112,000,000.
11.The 1st defendant/ applicant is apprehensive that if the situation continues unabated the property will not be adequate to clear the outstanding loan and the bank will be left with a large chunk of the loan unpaid.
12.On its part the plaintiff/ respondent argue that the 1st defendant had intended to appeal the said orders of the court but instead has withdrawn its notice of intended appeal and chosen to come back to the same court to seek a review instead.
13.The plaintiff argues that the application for review is incompetent as the same has been brought in contravention of order 45 rule 1 which envisions that a review to a ruling or decree by the same court can only be done if there is:-
13.Having listened to the arguments of both parties and perused the court record herein, I note that the orders of the court herein granting an injunction were issued on the December 16, 2021. Order 40, rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules states as follows;
15.Further, I note that since obtaining the injunctive relief, the plaintiff has not made any attempt to prosecute its suit and since then it is now over 12 months since the order was issued by the court. Neither has evidence been placed before me to confirm any sufficient reason why this order should continue to exist since there is no activity from either the plaintiff or the 2nd defendant who is the rightful owner of the debt herein towards redemption of the loan outstanding.
16.In my considered opinion, I find that the order of injunction herein lapsed by operation of the law after the expiry of twelve months from December 16, 2021 and as such there is nothing before this court to be varied or reviewed as prayed by the applicant.
17.That being the case, the 1st respondent is at liberty to proceed and exercise its statutory power of sale in the mode that is allowed by law as there is no fetter before this court to that right.
18.The upshot of the above findings is that this application before this court is allowed with costs to the applicant. It is so ordered.
DATED, SIGNED AND DELIVERED VIRTUALLY AT NAIROBI THIS 29th DAY OF MARCH 2023J .W. W. MONGAREJUDGEIn the presence of:-Mr. Mugisha for the 1st defendant/applicantMr. Ogechi For the RespondentSylvia- court Assistant