1.By the Notice of Motion herein dated 21st January 2023, Daniel Mburugu alias Daniel M’Mburugu M’Mugwiria (the Plaintiff) prays for orders:
2.The application which is supported by an Affidavit sworn by the Plaintiff is premised on the grounds inter-alia:
3.The application is opposed. By a Replying Affidavit sworn by Michael Macharia Njarara (the 2nd Defendant) on his own behalf and as a director of Buuri Investment Limited (the 1st Defendant) filed on 7th February 2023, the Defendants aver that the 2nd Defendant is non-suited as he is not the registered owner of the land indicated as L.R No. 9831/14.
4.The Defendants aver that the suit herein has been filed for the sole purpose of circumventing a valid judgment of the Court vide Nanyuki Criminal Case No. 1929 of 2017 while the Plaintiff herein is an adjudged forcible detainer of the portion now claimed. The 2nd Defendant states that the plaintiff herein in collusion with one Jeremiah Muthomi who is his co-director at the 1st Defendant had attempted to cheat the 1st Defendant of land in the year 2012.
5.The 2nd Defendant avers that he did discover that the Plaintiff and his co-director had in fact signed sub-division schemes where the Plaintiff had purported to be a director of the 1st Defendant and had been earmarked for 42 acres of land. The 2nd Defendant filed ELC Case No. 686 of 2014 wherein he sought the sub-division of the company property on a prorata basis.
6.The 2nd Defendant asserts that this suit is meant to propagate an illegal and unlawful occupation and annexation of land after the Plaintiff was found guilty of the offence of forcible detainer.
7.I have carefully perused and considered the Plaintiff’s application as well as the response thereto by the 2nd Defendant. I have similarly perused and considered the submissions placed before me by the Learned Advocates representing the Parties.
8.By the application before the Court, the Plaintiff prays for an order of injunctions restraining the two Defendants from evicting him and/or interfering with his quiet user and occupation of some 42 acres of land being part of the parcel of land known as L.R No. 9831/14 pending the hearing and determination of this suit. In addition, the Plaintiff craves an order of inhibition barring the registration of any dealings as regards his proprietorship interest in the suit property.
9.It is the Plaintiff’s case that he has been in exclusive, open and uninterrupted occupation of the said 42 acres since the year 1995 and that he has since extensively developed the same and acquired beneficial interest thereto under the doctrine of adverse possession. He accuses the Defendants of being intent on evicting him from the said portion of land and asserts that such an act would occasion him irreparable loss and damage and that it is hence only fair and just that the suit land be preserved pending the determination of his case.
11.In the matter herein, the Plaintiff asserts that he has been on the suit property since the year 1995 and that he has carried out extensive developments including the building of his home which he states he has lived on with his family ever since. He has annexed photographs of the permanent home built on the land together with those of other structures.
12.It is notable that while he denies that the Plaintiff has been on the land since 1995, the 2nd Defendant himself acknowledges at Paragraph 18 of his Replying Affidavit that the Plaintiff has been in occupation of that portion of the land since the year 2012. I did not hear the 2nd Defendant deny that the Plaintiff has built a home on the disputed portion of the land.
13.As it were, the circumstances for consideration before granting a temporary injunction under order 40 rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules is the existence of proof that a property in dispute is in danger of being wasted, damaged or alienated by any Party to the suit or that the Defendant threatens or intends to remove or dispose the property before a determination is made by the Court on the issues in dispute.
14.In the circumstances herein I am persuaded that unless temporary orders of injunction are issued herein, there is every possibility that the Plaintiff may be evicted from, and, the suit property wasted before a determination is made as to the rightful ownership of the 42 acres portion of land in dispute herein.
15.Accordingly I hereby allow the plaintiff’s application in terms of prayers nos. 3 and 5 of the motion dated 21st January, 2023.
16.The costs of the application shall be in the cause.