1.The Application before me is the Applicant’s Notice of Motion dated October 21, 2022, expressed to be brought under Sections 87 and 90 of the Employment Act 2007 and Rule 17 of the Employment and Labour Relations Court (Procedure) Rules 2016. The Applicant prays:-a.that this Court adopts as its judgment the award of the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Officer made on November 4, 2019.b.that judgment be entered against Respondent for the sum of ksh 2,417,400 with interest at the rate of 14% per annum from November 4, 2019 until payment in full.c.that costs of the application be provided for.
2.The application is predicated on the supporting affidavit of Faiz Abdalla Mohammed sworn on October 21, 2022. It is deponed in the said affidavit:-a.that the Applicant was employed by the Respondent as a driver as from July 2012, earning ksh. 51,000 per month and that on December 29, 2016, the Applicant was involved in an accident which caused him severe injuries, as a result of which he was hospitalized until January 2017.b.that the matter was reported to the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSH) who gave Dosh Form 1 that was filled by the Respondent and the doctor.c.that on November 4, 2019, the Director of Occupational Safety and Health services assessed the Applicant’s compensation at Ksh 2,417, 400.d.that the Respondent did not object to or appeal against the decision of the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services as required by the law, and that the award stands unchallenged.
3.Documents annexed to the Applicant’s said supporting affidavit included Dosh Form 1, Dosh/Wiba 4 and letters by Mombasa County Occupational Safety and Health Officer dated September 29, 2021, November 12, 2021 and January 19, 2022 reminding the Respondent to pay the assessed award.
4.According to the Dosh/Wiba Form 4 annexed to the Applicant’s Supporting affidavit as already stated in this Ruling, the Applicant’s permanent incapacity was assessed at 40% while compensation payable was assessed at ksh. 2,417,400. The assessment is shown to have been done on November 4, 2019, and the Dosh/Wiba 4 is addressed to the Respondent herein. The letters (reminders) mentioned in paragraph 3 of this Ruling are shown to have been send to the Respondent subsequent to the Dosh/Wiba 4.
5.The application is shown to have been served on the Respondent on October 25, 2022, as there is an affidavit of service in that regard. The Court’s record shows that November 15, 2022, the Firm of Nzamsa Sankale & Company Advocates filed a Notice of Appointment of Advocates as acting for the Respondent in this matter. On November 16, 2022, a second Notice of Appointment of Advocates was filed by Kokul, Fozah and Partners as acting for the Respondent. On January 17, 2023, the said Firm filed a Notice of Change of Advocate, taking over contact of the matter herein from Nzamsa Sankale and Company Advocates, and also filed a Notice of Preliminary Objection dated January 17, 2023 stating:-a.that orders sought in the application dated October 21, 2022 to have the purported award adopted as judgment is not tenable in a miscellaneous application, that the same be struck out with costs in limine.
6.On November 16, 2022, Counsel for the Respondent sought, and was granted fourteen days by this Court to file the Respondent’s response to the application. The Court further directed that the application be canvassed by way of written submissions, with the Applicant filing his submissions within ten days of being served with the Respondent’s response to the application and the Respondent filing written submissions with ten days of being served with the Applicant’s written submissions.
7.The Respondent did not file any response to the application, and on January 17, 2023, the Applicant filed his written submissions. On January 18, 2023, the Respondent was granted by this Court seven more days to file and serve response to the application and written submissions, but did not file either a response to the application or written submissions. An application by the Respondent on 6th February for seven more days to file documents as earlier directed by the Court was declined. The Court fixed the application for Ruling, with three days’ leave to the Respondent to file written submissions. The Respondent did not file any submissions, either within the three days given or at all.
8.I will treat the Respondent’s Preliminary Objection, which does not raise a pure point of law as set out in Mukisa Biscuits Manufacturing Co Ltd vs West End Distributors Limited  EA 696, as the Respondent’s ground of opposition to the application.
9.Before determining the Applicant’s application, I deem it appropriate to address the issue of whether this Court has jurisdiction to entertain and to determine the Applicant’s application.
11.Section 23 of the Act is specific that the Director shall make such enquiries as are necessary to decide upon claim or liability in accordance with the Act. Determination of liability and assessment of damages payable in work injury claims is the preserve of the Director. The foregoing statute (WIBA) expressly takes away the Court’s jurisdiction to deal with the two years.
13.The foregoing position holds valid in the present case. This Court, in my view, has jurisdiction to enforce the Director’s award. On the procedure to be adopted in moving this Court to enforce the Director’s award, filing of an application by way of a miscellaneous cause would, in my view, be the most appropriate procedure as the Court’s role is limited to enforcing an already determined award. This would accord with this Court’s principal objective of facilitating the just, expeditious, efficient and proportionate resolution of disputes. Rule 38 of the Employment and Labour Relations Court (Procedure) Rules 2016 provides that this Court may, subject to the Rules, regulate its own procedure. A litigant who files a substantive claim seeking enforcement of the Director’s award will, however, not be driven away from the seat of justice, as long as he or she is simply asking the Court to enforce the Director’s valid award that has not been objected to and/or appealed against pursuant to Section 51 of the Work Injury Benefits Act (WIBA). This answers to the Respondent’s ground of opposition.
14.This Court stated as follows in the Millicent Akinyi Odhiambo case (supra):-
15.Having said that, and having considered submissions filed by the Applicant, the Notice of Motion dated October 21, 2022 is hereby allowed in the following terms:-a.the award of the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services dated November 4, 2019 is hereby adopted as a Judgment of this Court.b.accordingly, judgment is hereby entered for the Applicant against the Respondent for ksh 2,417,400 being the compensation assessed by the Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services. A decree shall issue accordingly.c.Interest on the judgment sum will be calculated at Court rates from the date of this Ruling.d.The Applicant is awarded costs of these proceedings.