1.By the Notice of Motion dated July 18, 2022, the two appellants herein pray for an order that pending the hearing and determination of the Appeal, an order of stay of execution does issue restraining the respondent from in any way acting on the Judgment delivered on June 21, 2022 in Mukurweini PMELC Case No. 2 of 2020.
2.The application which is supported by an affidavit sworn by the 1st appellant – Moses Nguthuko Kabiru is premised on the grounds that:(i)By the Judgment delivered on the said date, the Trial Magistrate found against the Appellants herein and gave orders that were averse to them; and(ii)The appellants are apprehensive that unless the respondent is restrained by way of stay, he will proceed and execute the Judgment which will have the effect of unjustly enriching the respondent to the detriment of the appellants.
3.John Baru Moses (the respondent) is opposed to the application. In his replying affidavit sworn on October 6, 2022 and filed herein on October 11, 2022, the Respondent avers that there is no basis for staying execution of the said Judgment.
4.The respondent denies that the enforcement of the Judgment will result in his unjust enrichment and asserts that on the contrary, the effect is to serve him justice after many years of unjust enrichment by the appellants.
5.The respondent avers that the appellants have not demonstrated the prejudice they will suffer if stay is not granted as sought. It is his case that he has suffered greatly and will continue to suffer great prejudice if the stay is granted as the appellants have occupied and continue to occupy the suit land to his detriment.
6.I have carefully perused and considered both the application as well as the response thereto. I have similarly perused and considered the submissions placed before me by the Learned Advocates representing the Parties.
7.By the application before me, the appellants pray for a stay of execution of the Judgment delivered on June 21, 2022 in Mukurweini PMELC Case No. 2 of 2020. It is the Appellant’s case that in the event the Respondent is allowed to proceed with execution of the Judgment, the effect will be to unjustly enrich the Respondent to their detriment.
9.In the matter before me, the respondent had by his Plaint dated January 21, 2020 sought the following orders against the appellants:
10.In his Judgment rendered on June 21, 2022, the Honourable D. K. Matutu, P.M did find that the Respondent had established that the land in question was clan and family land and that the same had been registered in the name of the Appellant’s father in trust for the Plaintiff and his family.
11.As the Court of Appeal stated in Vishram Ravji Halai v Thornton & Turpin  KLR 365, whereas the Court of Appeal’s power to grant a stay pending appeal is unfettered, this court’s jurisdiction to do so under Order 41 Rule 6 (now Order 42 Rule 6) of the Civil Procedure Rules is fettered by three conditions, namely, the establishment of a sufficient cause, satisfaction of substantial loss and the requirement to furnish security.
12.Going by that trajectory, the first requirement then for consideration is whether or not the intended Appeal is arguable. In that respect, a cursory look at the Memorandum of Appeal herein dated July 18, 2022 reveals that the grounds raised therein are triable. This court will in that regard be required to investigate whether or not the registration of the appellant’s father as the proprietor of the suit property in 1959 and the subsequent issuance of title in his name in the year 1971 was indeed in trust for the respondent and his family.
13.As to whether or not the failure to grant the orders would occasion substantial loss to the appellants, it was clear to me that they had been in possession of the suit property and had developed it for a long period of time and that the registration of the respondent as the sole proprietor thereof would occasion great prejudice to the appellants.
14.In the circumstances, I was persuaded that in order to preserve the subject matter of the Appeal, it was just and proper that the suit property be maintained in its current status pending the hearing and determination of the Appeal.
15.In the premises, I find merit in the Motion dated July 18, 2022 and I allow the same in terms of Prayer No. 4 thereof.
16.The costs of the application shall be in the Appeal.