1.Before the court is the application dated 3rd April 2023. It is brought under section 1A, 1B, 3A and 63 of the Civil Procedure Act Cap 21 Laws of Kenya, Order 40 rules 1, 2 and 4 as well as Order 51 rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The application seeks the following prayers:i.Spentii.Spentiii.Pending hearing and determination of the main suit, this Honourable Court be pleased to issue an interim order of injunction directed at the respondent, its agents, servants, employees or any person acting under its instructions:a.Restraining them from selling, disposing of, alienating, transferring, subdividing, charging or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the land parcel known as Title Number I.R 83020 Land Reference Number 15065/64 (original number 15065/47/1);b.Restraining them from trespassing onto, evicting, preventing entry onto or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the applicants' quiet possession of the land parcel known as Title Number LR 83020 Land Reference Number 15065/64 (original number 15065/47/1):c.Costs of the application be provided for.
2.The application was premised on the grounds on the face of it and the supporting affidavit sworn by MATHEW KYALO MBOBU, the 1st applicant, on 3rd April 2023.
3.The 1st applicant avers that the 2nd applicant was the previous registered owner of the land parcel known as Title Number IR 83020 Land Reference Number 15065/64 (original number 15065/47/1) (hereafter the suit property). The suit property is occupied by the 1st applicant, who is the 2nd applicant’s director, and his family with the permission of the 2nd applicant.
4.The 1st applicant approached the respondent for a loan wherein the respondent issued a letter of offer dated 27th January 2021, for a loan of Kshs. 11,000,000 payable over a maximum period of 6 months. The security for the loan was the transfer of the suit property to the respondent. This was effected on the understanding that the respondent would transfer the suit property back to the 2nd applicant upon full satisfaction of the loan. It was a term of the loan that interest would be charged at the rate of 15% per month on a ?at rate with a late repayment penalty at a rate of 5% per week on the installment arrears over and above the interest rate.
5.The 1st applicant avers that he made repayments in the sum of Kshs. 24,600,000/=. The respondent had issued the 1st applicant with a demand for Kshs. 69,495,599/= which the 1st applicant takes issue with and claims that the same is based on an inaccurate loan statement which improperly computes interest together with the unconscionable late payment charges and does not take the 1st applicant’s repayments into account.
6.The application was opposed by the respondent vide a replying affidavit sworn by Alex Mutuku Mbelenzi, the sole director of the respondent company. The respondent confirms that the letter of offer for the loan was voluntarily executed between the parties as was the transfer of lease dated 28th January 2021 over the suit property in favour of the respondent and in compliance with the terms of the letter of offer. According to the respondent, the applicant’s failed to repay the loan by 27th July 2021 as agreed and the penalty interest rates set in, which escalated all the way up to KShs. 54,000,000/=.
7.The parties on 17th December 2021 agreed on repayment terms whereby the respondent waivered the amount of Kshs. 24,000,000/= on condition that the applicants paid the sum of KShs. 21,000,000/= immediately and a further KShs. 9,000,000/= on or before October 2022.The applicants failed to honour the commitments made, with the result that the prevailing terms on the 5% per week late payment penalty reverted back. As at 24th March 2023 the amount due from the applicants to the respondents was Kshs. 69,495,599.47
8.I have carefully considered the pleadings, evidence and the rival submissions filed by the parties. The issue for determination is whether or not the applicants have met the threshold for granting of an interlocutory injunction.
9.The conditions for granting interlocutory injunctions are set out in Order 40 rule (1) (a) and (b) of the Civil Procedure Rules 2010. These conditions have been interpreted and given effect through numerous judicial pronouncements. Amongst the most celebrated of these is the case of Giella V Cassman Brown & Co Ltd, (1973) E.A 385. The Court at page 360 (Spry J) held that:
10.In determining what amounts to a prima facie case, the Court of Appeal in the case of Mrao Limited V First American Bank of Kenya and 2 Others, (2003) KLR 125, stated:
11.Have the applicants therefore demonstrated that they have a prima facie case with a probability of success? From a cursory look at the record, the main bone of contention is the interest and penalty charges that were applied on the loan facility. The applicants term the same as excessive. The 1st applicant submits that despite paying the loan to the tune of over Kshs. 26,000,000/=, the respondent alleges that a balance of Kshs. 9,000,000/= was outstanding, which amount has grown to over Kshs. 69,000,000/= within a short span. The 1st applicant therefore avers that he has repaid the loan with interest and costs.
12.On his part the respondent insists that the agreement was freely entered into by the parties and that the 1st applicant should therefore pay up the amounts that he signed up against. As to whether the respondent is entitled to the monies claimed, is a question for further interrogation at a substantive hearing. I am satisfied that the applicant has established that he has a prima facie case worthy of rebuttal.
13.The second consideration for grant of an injunction is whether the applicant has shown that he might otherwise suffer irreparable injury, which would not adequately be compensated by an award of damages.
14.The 1st applicant describes the substratum of the suit as a rare, unique and sentimental family residence. He also states that if the injunctive orders are not granted the suit property is bound to dissipate and further that he is apprehensive that the respondent which is a sole proprietorship may not be in a position to pay any damages should the same be ordered by this Court.
15.I am inclined to concur with the Court in the Paul Gitonga Wanjau V Gathuthi Tea Factory Company Ltd & 2 Others,  eKLR. The Court cited with approval from the Halsbury’s Laws of England, in a view that was also captured by Warsame, JA in Joseph Siro Mosioma V Housing Finance Company of Kenya & 3 Others,  eKLR. This was to the effect that:
16.While the applicant has not exactly explained how the dissipation of the suit property is likely to occur, considering the totality of the facts herein, I find that the inconvenience caused to the applicants would be greater than that which would be caused to the respondent. This is so if an injunction is not granted and the respondent is allowed to dispose of the suit property, and the suit is ultimately decided in favor of the applicants.
17.For all the foregoing reasons, the application dated is allowed. Consequently, I make the following orders:i.Pending the hearing and determination of the main suit, an interim order of injunction be and is hereby issued, directed at the respondent, its agents, servants, employees or any person acting under its instructions:a.Restraining them from selling, disposing of, alienating, transferring, subdividing, charging or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the land parcel known as Title Number I.R 83020 Land Reference Number 15065/64 (original number 15065/47/1);b.Restraining them from trespassing onto, evicting, preventing entry onto or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the applicants' quiet possession of the land parcel known as Title Number LR 83020 Land Reference Number 15065/64 (original number 15065/47/1):ii.The costs of the application shall follow the outcome of the suit.