1.By the Originating Summons dated May 29, 2021 and Amended on October 6, 2021 brought pursuant to Order 1A, 1B,3,3A,31 Rule 1 &2, 37 Rule (1) (3) 14 & 20 of the Civil Procedure Act Cap 21 Laws of Kenya and all other enabling Provisions of the Law) the plaintiff raises the following issues for determination;1.Did the said John Lemayian Solitei and the late Amos Muhuri Koria (deceased) enter in a sale agreement on May 19, 2015 for a purchase consideration of Kshs 330,000/= payable on execution or soon thereafter?2.Did the plaintiff pay in full the said purchase consideration and take possession as per the agreement?3.Was the sale agreement approve by the 1st and 2nd Interested Parties?4.Did the applicant take possession and construct thereon with the approval of the deceased and the 1st and 2nd interested parties?5.Has the applicant continuously paid rates and observed all terms and conditions appertaining to the said ownership as regards compliance with Development plans, Public Health, District Commissioner, Physical Planning Ministry of Lands (building) and the clerk to the 1st and 2nd interested parties?6.Is the transfer awaited from the 1st and 2nd interested parties subject to the validation exercise in progress?7.Whether the estate have any interest in the said plot?8.Whether the 1st and 2nd interested parties can now issue the new generation letters of allotment/title in the name of the applicant directly?9.Who should pay the costs of this Originating Summons?
2.The Originating Summons is supported by the affidavit of Joseph Lemayian Solitei, the applicant herein sworn on the May 29, 2021.
3.Despite being served, the Respondents neglected to file any responses.They were however represented by Mr Getange, who appeared only once, on November 23, 2021.
4.Directions on the Originating Summons were taken that the same do proceed by way of viva voce evidence.
5.When the matter came up on hearing on the February 27, 2023, the Respondents despite being served were absent and the matter proceeded exparte.
6.PW1 Joseph Lemaiyan Solitei, the Applicant told the court that he bought the suit property from Amos Muhuri Kuria (the deceased) on May 19, 2015 for Kshs 330,000/= A sale Agreement was reduced into writting. He told the court the transfer could not be effected on good time due to the verification exercise being undertaken at the County Government of Kajiado (the 1st Interested Party).
7.He thus stated that the paid Kshs 250,000/= being a transfer from his account and the balance of Kshs 80,000/= was paid through MPesa over time.
8.It is his case that he took possession and put up eighteen (18) single rooms and a stone toilet. He prays that the Respondents who are the Administrators of the estate of Amos Muhuri Kuria (the deceased) be compelled to effect transfer in his favour.
9.Upon conclusion of the oral testimony the Applicant put in written submissions.
10.Counsel submitted that the Applicant is entitled to ownership of Plot NO 77 Residential Olchoro/Onyori Trading Center or such other registration as the Interested Parties shall allocate and/or assign a letter of allotment or issue a title.
11.It is also submitted that the suit property is not among the inventory of the assets belonging to the deceased in Succession Cause No 3 of 2019 (In the matter of the Estate of Amos Muhuri Kuria) at the Kajiado High Court.
12.Counsel further submitted that the Originating Summons being unopposed, the Applicant has proved his case as per the required threshold in Section 109 of the Evidence Act. The applicant took possession of the suit property after paying the full purchase to the deceased. He has since developed the suit property and has been paying land rates. She urges that the prayers in the Amended Originating summons be allowed.
13.I have considered the Amended Originating Summons, the evidence tendered and the written submissions. The issues for determination are;i.Whether the Applicant purchased the suit property for valuable consideration, took possession and has undertaken developments thereon.ii.Whether the Applicant is entitled to be issued with the new generation letters of Allotment and or title by the 1st and 2nd Interested Parties.iii.Who should bear costs of this suit?
16.The applicant produced a sale agreement dated May 19, 2015. He also produced the transfer of funds to the deceased, payment receipts, and photographs showing the developments on the suit property.
18.The upshot of the matter is that the Amended Originating summons is merited.
19.Accordingly judgment entered for the Applicant as follows:i.That the Applicant is entitled to ownership of plot No 77 Residential Olchoro/Onyori Trading Centre.ii.That the 1st and 2nd Interested Parties are hereby directed to allocate and/or assign a Letter of Allotment or any such registration of ownership of Plot NO77 Residential Olchoro/Onyori Trading Centre to the Applicant forthwith.iii.That costs of this suit shall be borne by the Respondents.