1.Given the settled principles for the grant of stay of execution under rule 5(2)(b) of the Rules of this Court, and the consistent case law that precludes issuance of such an order against a negative order of the court appealed from, the motion dated February 21, 2023 cannot but fail.
2.The motion brought by the applicant Joseph Abwayo Opondo seeks a stay pending the hearing and determination of an appeal from the judgment of the Environment and Land Court at Migori (Kullow, J) delivered on January 18, 2023. That judgment dismissed as lacking in merit the applicant’s appeal from a judgment of the Chief Magistrate’s Court at Migori that had, on December 14, 2020 allowed the respondent’s claim and issued orders of permanent injunction and eviction of the applicant from suit parcel numbers Suna West/Wasimbete/1201, 1202, 1213, 1171, 1135 and 1137.
3.In grounds appearing on the face of the motion and repeated in the applicant’s supporting affidavit of even date, it is stated that the applicant has filed a notice of appeal and has an arguable appeal which would be rendered nugatory absent this court’s intervention in the interim, as the respondent might apply for, and effect eviction orders against him.
4.In resisting the motion, the respondent casts doubt on the arguability of the applicant’s intended appeal and contends that a case has not been made out for the grant of the prayers sought. More critical to the fate of the motion, the respondent posits that on the authorities, a negative order cannot be stayed. We think, with respect, that the force of this argument is dispositive of the motion before us which seeks a stay of execution of an order that dismissed the appeal to the court below and which did not direct the doing of anything or the taking of any step. It was thus a negative order. This court in Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Vstamarid Meadows Limited & 7 others eKLR dealt with this issuein the following terms, with which we respectfully agree;
5.As there is nothing to stay, and while sympathetic that the applicant might have fared better had the prayers sought been more carefully thought out and presented, we come to the inevitable conclusion that the application is without merit.
6.It is accordingly dismissed with costs.