1.This is a ruling on a two limbed preliminary objection dated 8/5/2023 filed by the plaintiffs. The same states as follows:a.“That the 1st,2nd and 3rd plaintiffs have no locus standi to file sustain and prosecute this case for and on behalf of Nakuru Jua Kali Association.”b.“That Nakuru Jua Kali Association is not a legal entity with the capacity to sue or be sued in its name or through its purported officials (1st,2nd and 3rd plaintiffs).”
2.The preliminary objection was ordered disposed of by way of written submissions and only the objectors filed their submissions on 13/6/2023.
3.The first limb of the preliminary objection can not be determined without first determining the second limb. In this regard it is noteworthy that the objectors themselves while addressing the first limb addressed the second limb.
4.As regards the second limb, it is not the type of objection that can be raised without a lot of argument and reference to documentary evidence. As seen from the annextures which are in my view wrongly attached to the preliminary objection as though it were a sworn affidavit, it needs to be supported by evidence. I am not stating that the objection is not merited. Rather, I am of the view that the objection can not be disposed of by this court under the current conditions as a stand-alone preliminary objection without running afoul of the rule set out in Mukisa Biscuits Manufacturing Ltd –vs- West End Distributors (1969) EA 696 which notably has not been cited by the objectors this time round. In that case the court stated as follows:
5.In the same case Sir Charles Newbold, P. stated:
6.The point raised by the objectors can not be ascertained without looking at the letters from the registrar of companies, business names, documents or associations whatever the appropriate case may be, to ascertain its status. In that case it ceases to qualify to be called a preliminary objection. I have already pointed out as herein above that the first limb is predicated on the findings regarding the second limb, and as the latter has failed the test of a preliminary objection, I do not need to examine the merits of the first limb. For the foregoing reason I strike out the notice of preliminary objection dated 8/5/2023 with no orders as to costs.