1.The Plaintiffs commenced this suit by a plaint dated 23.7.2019 and amended on 18.12.2020. On 19.10.2023, the plaintiffs made an application to withdraw this suit with no orders as to costs. The 2nd Defendant did no object to the withdrawal of the suit but prayed for costs. The 1st, 5th -7th Defendants did not raise any objections, though I note that the case against 3rd and 4th defendants had earlier on been dismissed.
2.The Plaintiffs’ submissions are dated 27.10.2023, where they urge the Court to consider that the Plaintiffs being executors filed this suit in an effort to safeguard the interests of the estate of the deceased from any illegal dealings. That they had sought to restrain the Defendants from selling the land known as Land Reference No. 13400 (I.R No. 39372) registered in the names of Simeon Hongo Ominde (Deceased) which was the subject matter of litigation.
3.It is further submitted that on 20.9.2021, the suit property was sold to 3rd parties which led to the suit being nugatory. They argue that each party should bear their own costs as there is no successful party. They rely on the case of Jasbir Singh Rai & others v Tarlochan Rai & Others  eKLR as well as the case of Republic v Rosemary Wairimu Munene, Ex-Parte Applicant v Ihururu Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd Judicial Review Application No. 6 of 2014.
4.The submissions of the 2nd defendant are dated 2.11.2023 where they aver that they have filed various documents including the statement of defence in a quest to defend the suit. That they even defended the plaintiff’s application dated 23.7.2019 where an order of maintenance of status quo was allowed.
5.They further contend that the suit has been in court for a period of 4 years where the plaintiff was not complying with courts directions geared towards the finalization of the suit. For instance, plaintiff failed to comply with directions given on 12.10.2021 relating to service upon the 3rd and 4th defendants which led to the dismissal of the case against the aforementioned defendants on 9.12.2021. The plaintiff was also never ready to proceed with the case on the dates the matter was listed for hearing.
6.The 2nd defendant avers that costs follow events even though the court has discretion to award the same. That in the case at hand, the 2nd defendant was caused to participate in these proceedings hence they should get costs.
9.The record indicates that indeed the 2nd defendant has dutifully been trying to defend the suit for a period of 4 years, including filing a statement of defence and a trial bundle. It is also noted that after the plaintiff’s successful prosecution of their application for injunction dated 23.7.2019, the plaintiffs became indolent, sometimes even failing to give instructions to their advocates, and they were also not ready to proceed whenever the matter was set down for hearing.
10.Further, it is noted that the reason advanced by the Plaintiffs for withdrawing the suit is that the subject matter was sold on 20.9.2021 yet the application for withdrawal was brought forth 2 years later.
11.In light of the foregoing analysis, I hereby award costs of the suit to the 2nd defendant as against the plaintiffs.