1.The Plaintiffs filed a notice of motion dated September 24, 2022 to which the 1st 2nd 3rd and 6th Respondents filed a preliminary objection. These Respondents stated that an order for re-instatement of a withdrawn suit does not lie in law and in the circumstances the application is fatally and incurably defective and should be dismissed.
2.I will proceed to consider the merits or otherwise of the preliminary objection which will decide whether the application should proceed. The parties herein filed two sets of submissions – for the PO and the application respectively. The 1st to 6th Respondents filed the submissions to their PO dated December 5, 2022 and submitted inter alia that once the suit was marked as withdrawn in June 2022, there is no provision under Order 25 where the withdrawal can be rescinded or revoked. In support of this submission, the 1st to 6th Respondents cited several case law inter alia, Charles Kiptarbei Birech vs Paul Waweru Mbugua (2021)Eklr where Nyagaka J observed thus;19.Of importance to note is that the Rules that provide for the discontinuance or withdrawal of a suit do not provide for the revocation of withdrawal notice or the setting aside of the suit. And once a suit is discontinued in whichever manner howsoever, it ceases to exist. A party cannot breathe life into it by whichever means, not even by a consent setting aside the orders of withdrawal. This is because, once a suit is withdrawn there is no party that exists in relation to that suit. The existence of a suit can be equated to the existence of light from a bulb: it only exists if there is an electric current and the gadget known as “bulb”. Once the either the light or the bulb cease to be in contact, the light goes out and in its place is darkness. The only way to get light again in that bulb is to supply current to it. The light that comes into existence again it not the continuation of the one that went out: it is new.20.In regard to the Procedure relevant to the facts of this case, then, the only recourse an individual who was a party to a withdrawn or discontinued suit has is to file a fresh suit if the law permits him or her. The withdrawal does not activate the bar of res judicata. In Antony Kayaya Juma v Humprey Ekesa Khaunya & Another  e KLR, the court held:21.In Priscilla Nyambura Njue v Geovhem Middle East Ltd; Kenya Bureau of Standards (Interested Party)  eKLR, Justice Mativo observed:
4.From the record, on June 21, 2022, the Plaintiffs’ advocate a Mr Nganga informed the court that they had filed a notice withdrawing the suit. Since the Defendants did not object, the withdrawal was endorsed as an order of the court. The question is whether a withdrawn suit can be re-instated. The Defendants argue that order 25 does not provide for such and that the only option is for the Plaintiff to file a fresh suit. They cited case law referenced above in support of the preliminary objection. I have considered the two case law cited by the Plaintiff in opposing the P.O.
5.For instance, the case of Westward Properties Limited supra is persuasive and the grounds of fraud, mistake and or misrepresentation to be used as a guide for setting aside an order refers to the principles for setting aside a consent order. In this case, the notice of withdrawal of the suit was an initiative of the Plaintiffs therefore the principles for setting aside a consent order cannot be invoked.
6.In the second case of MonicaAtieno & 32 others vs Jaramogi Oginga University supra, equally persuasive followed the decision in Westward Properties Ltd case. In the Monica Atieno case, the Judge made reference to case law cited by the Respondents inter alia, Beth Njoroge -v- Simon Njoroge & Another  eKLR in which the court stated
7.Section 31 of the Civil Procedure Act deals with transfer of decrees therefore, the court in the case cited above may have referred to section 3 which provides for the inherent powers of the court. Mativo J (as he then was) in the case of Priscillah Nyambura Njue vs Geoyhem Middle East supra stated thus;
8.In my opinion and I so hold that Order 25 of the Civil Procedure Rules gives the party withdrawing the claim liberty to file a fresh suit no-wonder it went on to state that such discontinuance or withdrawal shall not be a defence to any subsequent action. Thus, I find merit in the preliminary objection that re-instatement of a withdrawn suit does not lie in law. It follows that having allowed the preliminary objection, the application dated October 18, 2022 is struck out with no order as to costs.