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|Case Number:||Civil Case 103 of 2010|
|Parties:||THAMBU MUKUNGA v TOWN COUNCIL OF CHOGORIA|
|Date Delivered:||13 Apr 2011|
|Court:||High Court at Meru|
|Judge(s):||Mary Muhanji Kasango|
|Citation:||THAMBU MUKUNGA v TOWN COUNCIL OF CHOGORIA  eKLR|
Civil practice and procedure-order of inhibition
|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|
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA
The plaintiff Thambu Mukunga by this suit seeks orders of declaration that he is the owner of L.R. No. Mwimbi/Chogoria/501 (suit property) to hold the same in trust for himself and his family. He also seeks an order of rectification and registration of the suit property in his name to hold in trust for himself and his nuclear family. This ruling relates to the Notice of Motion dated 17th August 2010. The plaintiff seeks by that Notice of Motion an order of inhibition to issue and an order of status quo to be maintained on the suit property. The plaintiff by his supporting affidavit stated that the suit property is family/ancestral land which was registered in his name on 9th December 1967. That however on 26th April 2002 the defendant fraudulently changed the registration of that property into its own name. He stated that he was unaware of the change in registration until 12th August 2010. That his family has been in continuous and exclusive actual possession of the suit property and had fenced it and planted bananas, yams, coffee trees and other subsistence crops. That the defendant had never utilized the said property. The plaintiff stated without giving details that in 2001 the defendant had attempted to grab the suit property but was prevented by the plaintiff and his family. The plaintiff then deponed as follows:-
11. That in early 2002, the defendant/respondent verbally implored me to exchange the suit land with the defendant’s/respondent’s alleged L.R. No. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/2152, purportedly measuring three (03) acres in size.
12. That I verbally agreed only on condition, and promises by the defendant/respondent that I would be shown L.R. No. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/2152 on the ground, confirm it was registered in the defendant’s/respondent’s name, ascertain that it indeed measured three (03) acres in size and that it was not occupied and/or cultivated by anybody.
13. That inexplicably, the defendant/respondent failed to fulfill the foregoing condition and honour its aforesaid verbal promises and did not approached me again.
14. That after investigations, I found out that L.R. No. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/2152 is a public/community land which is far less than the promised three (03) acres, whereon stands a public cattle dip besides being cultivated by people unknown to me.
The plaintiff proceeded to state that the defendant on 12th August 2010 forceably entered the suit property destroyed the plaintiff’s fence and put up its own fence. That the defendant then continued to destroy the plaintiff’s property and gave the plaintiff ten days notice to vacate the suit property. The application was opposed by the defendant. In the replying affidavit of the town clerk of the defendant it was stated as follows:-
4. That records held by the council show that way back in 1996 that applicant wrote to the council requesting for exchange of the suit land-annexed and marked ‘JMK1’ is a copy of the letter dated 26th February 1996.
5. That the said application was duly considered and allowed as is shown by the annexed copy of extract of the relevant minutes marked ‘JMK11’.
6. That the consent of the relevant land control board was sought and obtained as is shown by the annexed copies of the application and consent marked ‘JMK111’.
7. That thereafter the land was duly transferred to the council in accordance with the procedure as is attested by the correspondence annexed hereto and marked ‘JMKIV’.
8. That I believe that the land was freely transferred to the council by the plaintiff.
9. That the council on its part caused its land parcel NO. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/884 to be sub-divided into land parcel Nos. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/2152 and 2153 after which land parcel No. MWIMBI/CHOGORIA/2152 was transferred to the plaintiff annexed and marked ‘JKMV’ are copies of the mutation and register.
The plaintiff filed a supplementary affidavit denying writing the letter requesting for the exchange of his land. The suit property is registered in the defendant’s name. It is clear that the transaction between the plaintiff and the defendant for the exchange of the suit property with parcel number Mwimbi/Chogoria/2152 was not supported by the sons of the plaintiff. The lack of support of that transaction is seen by the suit filed against their father the present plaintiff and the present defendant. That was in Meru CMCC No. 167 of 1997. If indeed the present plaintiff was not part and parcel of the transaction of the exchange of the suit property, one would have expected that it would have been him who would have filed Meru CMCC No. 167 of 1997. He however did not. Looking at the prayers that are sought in the plaint as reproduced in the beginning of this ruling one gets the impression as argued by the defence learned counsel that this suit is filed by the plaintiff’s sons who are probably proxies for the plaintiff. Peculiarly in this region of Meru, it does seem that orders of status quo on the ground are interpreted to be injunctive orders. There are sometimes used to harass people out of the land. Bearing that in mind, and having considered the affidavit evidence the submissions by learned counsels, the orders that commend themselves to me are as follows:-