1.The Appellants/Applicants` have filed an application in the Notice of Motion dated 7th October 2022, which is brought under Article 48 and Article 159 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, sections 1A,1B, 3A, 63(e) and 98 of the Civil Procedure Act, and Orders 50 Rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Code. The application seeks the following orders:(1)Spent.(2)That an order of stay of execution be granted pending the hearing of this application.(3)That the applicant’s Application and orders sought in the Application dated 7th April 2021 be reinstated.(4)That the Applicant be given more time to comply with orders given on 6th July 2021 for stay conditions.(5)That the costs of the application be in the cause.
2.The application dated 7th October 2022 is supported by grounds on its face and the sworn affidavit of the advocate for the applicant, Mr. Magero Obadiah. A summary of the facts of the matter is that the Appellant filed a notice of Motion dated 7th April 2021 seeking stay of execution pending an intended appeal. The same was allowed on 6th July 2021 with stay conditions that the Applicant pays the Respondent a sum of Ksh.120,000/- within 30 days and to issue a bank guarantee of the balance of the decretal sum within 30 days. The Applicants failed to comply with the said stay conditions.
3.The Applicants now seek that the orders sought in the application dated 7th April 2021 be reinstated and that they be allowed more time to comply with the stay conditions given on 6th July 2021.Their application is based on the grounds that the application has been made immediately the same has come to the notice of the Applicants` advocates and as such they are not guilty of inordinate delay as to be considered inexcusable and inordinate. Further that they have at all times been interested in complying with the stay conditions.
4.The application was opposed by the Respondent vide her replying affidavit sworn on the 2nd December 2022 wherein she avers that the Applicants have failed to comply with the stay conditions granted by the court on 6th July 2021. That no plausible explanation has been given for failure to comply with stay conditions. That the Applicants have not demonstrated the loss they would suffer should stay orders not be granted. That the application is not made in good faith and is aimed at delaying payment in this matter and derail the Respondent from enjoying the fruits of his judgment.
5.The Application was argued by way of written submissions. The Applicants submitted that the court has discretion under Order 12 Rule 7 of the Civil Procedure Rules to grant the orders sought. The order stipulates that:
6.They submitted that they stand to suffer substantial loss of over Ksh.300,000 as well as costs and interests if the application is not granted. That the respondent has not demonstrated that he is able to refund the sum if the appeal succeeds.
7.The Applicants further submitted that the circumstances of this case are sufficient to persuade the Court that their failure to comply with the orders of 6th July 2021 was not a deliberate attempt to obstruct justice or delay justice and therefore more time should be given to them to comply with the orders. They cited the decision in Belinda Murai & 9 others v Amos Wainaina  eKLR where the court stated that:
8.In opposing the Application, the Respondent submitted that the Applicants ignored, neglected and /or failed to comply with the conditions as set by the court for a period of two years. That no cogent reason has been offered for non-compliance. That the application was a tactical and strategic scheme with the sole intention of delaying payments of the decree and as such denying the Respondent an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their judgment.
9.The Respondent further submitted that the subject judgment arose from a road traffic accident that occurred on 8th October 2016 and that 6 years has since elapsed but the Respondent is yet to be compensated and enjoy the fruits of its judgment. The Respondent urged the court to dismiss the application with costs.
Analysis and Determination
10.I have considered the application and the grounds in support thereof, the grounds in opposition thereto and the respective submission of the parties. The issues for determination are:(1)Whether orders for stay of execution pending appeal should be reinstated.(2)Whether the Applicants should be granted extension of time to comply with the Orders issued on 6th July, 2021.
11.The Court in its ruling of 6th July granted orders for stay of execution, albeit with conditions. The question is whether the conditions granted by the court ought to be reinstated. This is dependent on whether the court is inclined to granting the orders for extension of time to comply with the orders issued on 6th July 2021.
12.This court has wide discretion to enlarge time under Section 95 of the Civil Procedure Act and Order 50 Rule 6 of the Civil Procedure Rules, 2010. The same provide as follows:Section 95. Enlargement of time
13.The Supreme Court of Kenya in the case of Nicholas Kiptoo Arap Korir Salat v IEBC & & Others  eKLR set the following guidelines for consideration in an application for enlargement of time:
14.This Court (Ong`udi J.) vide its ruling delivered on 6th July 2021 granted stay of execution on conditions, failure to comply with which was to automatically vacate the order of stay. The Applicants did not comply with the orders within the stipulated time of one month granted by the court and the orders for stay stood vacated after the lapse of the said period. It was incumbent upon the Applicants to satisfactorily explain the delay. The Applicants have not given any reason as to why they did not comply with the conditions for stay orders. All that their advocate hinted in his supporting affidavit is that they made the instant application immediately it (not clear what) came to the attention of the advocates. There was no mention as to when the advocates learn of the same. The statement is in itself vague and does not sufficiently explain the reason for non-compliance.
15.The order for conditional stay was issued in July 2021 and the instant application made in October 2022. The application was thus made one year and three months after the orders for stay were granted. I consider the delay of the said period to be inordinate. Considering that no explanation has been offered for the delay, the same is inexcusable.
16.Article 159 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 is categorical that justice shall be administered without undue delay. It is also trite that litigation must at a certain point come to an end. It is therefore my view that the inordinate delay by the Applicants in this matter disentitles them to the discretion of this court. I associate myself with the decision in Dickson Miriti Kamonde v Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd  eKLR where it was held that:
17.The upshot is that the Applicants have not persuaded the court that they are deserving of orders for enlargement of time to comply with the orders of the court issued on 6th July 2021. It is thus my finding that the application dated 7th October, 2022 has no merit and is in the premises dismissed with costs to the Respondent.