1.The suit herein was filed by the Claimant on 12/8/2021 vide a memorandum of claim dated 4/8/2021. It was pleaded in the memorandum of claim:-a.that the Claimant was a Chief Officer incharge of Trade, Industrialization and Energy of Mombasa County, appointed vide a letter of appointment dated 16/12/2013 and a contract of employment dated 11/12/2013, earning ksh. 250,000 per month upto the time of termination.b.that the terms and conditions of the Claimant’s employment were that it was permanent and pensionable.c.that on 30/8/2016, the Claimant received a letter from the Chief Executive Officer Mombasa County Public Service Board, changing her terms of service from permanent and pensionable to a contract ending December 2017, upon which gratuity at the rate of 31% of the annual basic pay for every year served would be paid.d.that the Claimant opposed the said change vide a letter dated 24/10/2016 and stated that her terms were permanent and pensionable.e.that there was a reshuffle of County Chief Officers of Mombasa County on or about 31/1/2020, and the Claimant’s name was omitted from the list of appointees, with someone else being appointed to her position. That the Claimant was left out, with no notice or reason being given, and that her salary and allowances were stopped.f.that the Claimant was recruited from the banking sector and accepted the appointment on condition that it was permanent and pensionable.g.that the 1st Respondent did not issue any notice or warning of termination, and that the 1st and 2nd Respondents failed to observe, and to comply with Sections 55 and 59 of the County Governments Act and Sections 40,41,43 and 45 of the Employment Act.
2.The Claimant sought the following reliefs from the Respondent:-a.Ksh. 250,000 being one month salary in lieu of notice.b.Ksh. 3,000,000 being twelve months’ salary in compensation for unfair termination.c.Ksh. 1,500,000 being unpaid leave.d.Ksh. 1,000,000 being severance pay.e.Costs of the suit and interest.f.Certificate of service.
3.The 1st and 2nd Respondents filed a rather lengthy and wordy preliminary objection dated 26/10/2021, whose creed is an objection to the Court’s jurisdiction over the Claimant’s suit herein on ground that the claim arises from the County Public Service Board’s decision, and that an appeal against such decision lies to the Public Service Commission. That the matter could only come to this Court by way of a judicial review.
4.On 2/2/2023, I directed that the preliminary objection be heard first, and ordered parties to file written submissions thereon. Only the 1st and 2nd Respondents filed written submissions on the preliminary objection; which I have considered.
5.Where a Court’s jurisdiction over a particular matter is challenged, proceedings in that matter come to a stand still until the Court addresses its mind to the jurisdictional issue raised and determines the same one way or the other. This is the creed of the Court of Appeal’s decision in OWNERS OF MOTOR VESSEL LILIAN “S” -VS- CALTEX OIL [KENYA] LIMITED  eKLR where the Court of Appeal stated:-
6.Although the 1st and 2nd Respondents did not state the specific provisions of the County Governments Act and the Public Service Commissions Act in issue in the preliminary objection herein as the basis thereof, and only mentioned the County Governments Act and the Public Service Commission Act generally, the Court cannot close its mind to provisions of the statute. The Claimant’s claim herein is clearly pleaded to have arisen from the decision of Mombasa County Public Service Board.
9.The import of the foregoing statutory provisions is that this Court has no jurisdiction to entertain, to hear and to determine the claim herein. The Claimant ought to have appealed to the Public Service Commission before coming to this Court.
10.As stated by the Supreme Court in Kenya in SAMUEL MACHARIA KAMAU & ANOTHER -VS- KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK LIMITED & 2 OTHERS  eKLR:-
11.It is clear, from both the facts of the suit herein and the aforestated provisions of the statute, that the suit herein was filed in a Court without jurisdiction. The only remedy that this Court can give, under the circumstances, is to strike off the incompetent suit herein. Accordingly, the suit herein is hereby struck off with no order as to costs.
12.The Court file herein shall be closed forthwith.
13.It is so ordered.