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|Case Number:||Civil Case 235 of 2010|
|Parties:||D.J. LOWE & COMPANY LIMITED v CREDIT AGRICOLE INDOSUEZ & 2 others|
|Date Delivered:||16 Dec 2010|
|Court:||High Court at Mombasa|
|Judge(s):||Mohammed Khadhar Ibrahim|
|Citation:||D.J. LOWE & COMPANY LIMITED v CREDIT AGRICOLE INDOSUEZ & 2 others  eKLR|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
D.J. LOWE & COMPANY LIMITED …………………………….PLAINTIFF
In paragraph 16 of the plaint dated 7th July, 2010 the plaintiff states on oath (through Verifying Affidavit) H.C.C.C No. 35 of 1997 has been withdrawn by the plaintiff and therefore the plaintiff states there are no pending proceedings between the parties herein in connection with the same subject matter.
By a letter dated 20th October 2010 the Deputy Registrar of the High court at Mombasa in response to an inquiry by the 1st Defendant’s advocate wrote:-
Upon adjournment at the last appearance of the matter in court, I carefully looked through the voluminous court file but did not find any Notice of withdrawal or discontinuance of the above-mentioned suit.
In the circumstances, the burden of proof is upon the plaintiff to prove that it duly filed such a notice. Such a Notice must be stamped upon payment of requisite filing fee. After that, it must be served on the Defendants for it to be effective.
A discontinuance of a suit is termination of the entire suit while withdrawal usually refers to withdrawal of parts of a claim or suit. A withdrawal of the entire suit can be construed to be in effect a discontinuance.
In view of the foregoing and in the absence of any evidence of the alleged withdrawal of HCCC No. 35 of 1997, I find as a matter of fact that HCCC No. 35 of 1997 has not been withdrawn as alleged to date and the same is pending.
I will therefore invite counsel to give their views as to the way forward and the implications. In particular the court will have to be told the possible effect of this on the 3 pending applications and the entire suit.
Dated at Mombasa this 16th day of December 2010.