1.This is a reference from the decision of Mumbi Ngugi JA brought under rule 57 of the Court of Appeal Rules ,2022.
2.In her decision of May 13, 2022, the learned single Judge dismissed the application of Josephine Nyakara Kegicha (the applicant) in which she sought leave of Court to file a Record of Appeal out of time against the decision of the ELRC dated March 7, 2019. In dismissing the application, the learned single Judge held:
3.The applicant is dissatisfied with the decision of the learned single Judge and in arguing the reference before us relied on the submissions she made before the learned single Judge. In addition, she pleads that we exercise our discretion in her favour and grant her a chance to be heard on merits.
4.The respondent, too, relied on the submissions it made at the hearing of the application.
5.The application before the learned single Judge was for extension of time and was a plea for the exercise of a discretionary power. A plea that required the applicant to be honest and candid. In the body of her application, the applicant proffers grounds in support of her plea for extension, two of which are that her advocate was not informed of the date of judgment after the close of the case and no notice was issued either to the applicant or her advocate regarding the delivery of the judgment. In the affidavit in support of the application, the applicant shifts gear as to the reason for failing to keep the timelines. This time she blames it on her inability to raise fees for filing the appeal and for paying her advocate.
6.In the face of this inconsistent explanation, the learned single Judge was entitled to find that the applicant had given contradictory reasons and was intent on deceiving the Court.
7.Something else demonstrates the lack of candour on the part of the applicant. So as to counter the grounds on the face of the application, the respondent produced certified copies of the proceedings of superior court below which showed that a Mr. Mongeri, who represented the applicant in those proceedings, was in court on 17th July, 2008 when her petition was argued and delivery of judgment set for 17th January, 2019. On 17th January, 2019, counsel Ken Omollo held brief for Mr. Mongeri when judgment was rescheduled to 28th February, 2019. Judgment was not delivered on that day and again rescheduled to 7th March, 2018 but the rescheduling was done in the presence of counsel Odhiambo who held brief for Mr. Mongeri. On the date of judgment, 7th March, 2018, Mr. Odhiambo was present for Mr. Mongeri the advocate for the applicant. The accuracy of the proceedings was not challenged by the applicant. The court record does not bear out the applicant’s contention that her advocate was neither informed of the date of judgement nor present when delivered.
8.In the face of these observations it cannot be said that the learned single Judge “disregarded a relevant matter, regarded an irrelevant matter or acted on a misapprehension of evidence or applicable law” so as justify interference with the exercise of her discretion (see Simeon Okingo & 4 Others v Benta Juma Nyakako  eKLR).
9.We fully endorse the findings and eventual order of the learned single Judge and dismiss this reference with costs.