1.Record herein shows that hearing of the Claimant’s case proceeded ex-parte on 20/2/219 and that the Court delivered a judgment on 19/9/2019, awarding the Claimant a total of ksh. 1,292,000, costs of the suit and interest.
2.On 5/2/2020, the Respondent filed a Notice of Motion dated 5/2/2020, seeking the following orders:-a.that the Court be pleased to set aside the judgment dated 19/9/2019 and the Respondent be granted leave to adduce its defence evidence in this cause.b.that the cause be mentioned/heard on an earlier date, before 25/3/2020 when a related matter ELRC No. 531 of 2018 (Peter Njuguna Kingori -vs- Bandari Savings & Co-operative Society Limited) is scheduled for defence hearing.c.that costs of the application be provided for.
3.The Court’s record further shows that 24/2/2020, counsel for both parties appeared before the Court and recorded the following consent:-
4.On 21/9/2020, the Respondent filed a further list of documents dated 16/9/2020 and on 12/4/2021 filed a Further further List of Documents dated 30/3/2021. It is to be noted that the aforementioned documents were filed long after closure of pleadings and without the Court’s leave.
5.On 21/3/2023, the Claimant filed a Notice of Motion dated 17/3/2023 seeking the following orders:-a.that his Honourable /Court expunge the Respondent’s further list of documents dated 16/9/2020 and filed on 21/9/2020, and a further further list of documents dated 30/3/20221 and filed on 12/4/2021, from the Court’s record.b.that costs of the application be borne by the Respondents.
6.The application is based on the supporting affidavit of Boniface Otieno Advocate sworn on 17/3/2023, wherein it is deponed that pleadings herein closed on 13/7/2018, whereupon the suit was set down for hearing, and the Claimant’s case was heard and judgment was delivered on 19/9/2019. That upon application by the Respondent, the Respondent’s case was re-opened to enable the Respondent to call their witnesses to testify.
7.It was further deponed on behalf of the Claimant/Applicant that the Respondent’s case was re-opened by consent, and that the consent was conditioned on the Respondent calling its witnesses to present the evidence then on record.
8.I have noted that this is a 2018 matter, and that the Claimant’s case is long heard and closed. When the Respondent applied for setting aside of the judgment delivered on 19/9/2019 and re-opening of its case, it did not seek the setting aside of the proceedings leading to that judgment. Those proceedings, and in particular the proceedings taken on 20/2/2021, remain intact. Allowing the Respondent to introduce new evidential documents which were not on record when the Claimant testified and closed his case will be highly prejudicial to the Claimant.
9.The Claimant/Applicant referred to the case of JOHANA KIPKEMOI TOO -VS- HELLEN TUM  eKLR where, in an almost similar case, the Court stated as follows:-
10.I am persuaded that the Claimant’s Notice of Motion dated 17/3/2023 is merited, and I allow the same in the following terms:-a.the Respondent’s further list of documents dated 16/9/2020 and filed on 29/9/2020; and a further further list of documents dated 30/3/2021 and filed on 12/4/2021, are hereby struck off, and are expunged from the Court’s record.b.the suit shall forthwith be set down for defence hearing.
11.It is so ordered.