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|Case Number:||civil misc appl 16 of 84|
|Parties:||KENYA CASEMENTS LIMITED vs IDEAL CASEMENTS LIMITED…………..|
|Date Delivered:||17 Apr 1984|
|Court:||Court of Appeal at Nairobi|
|Judge(s):||James Onyiego Nyarangi, Alan Robin Winston Hancox, Alister Arthur Kneller|
|Citation:||KENYA CASEMENTS LIMITED vs IDEAL CASEMENTS LIMITED 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|
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
(Coram: Kneller, Hancox JJA and Nyarangi Ag JA)
CIVIL APPLICATION NO NAI 16 OF 1984
(In the matter of an intended appeal)
KENYA CASEMENTS LIMITED………………………………….APPLICANT AND
IDEAL CASEMENTS LIMITED…………..……………………………RESPONDENT
(Application for stay of execution pending an intended
appeal from a judgment of the High Court of Kenya at
Nairobi (Porter, J) dated 23rd November , 1983.
High Court Civil Case No 2719 of 1983 (OS))
RULING OF THE COURT
During the course of this application by the Respondent to the Originating Summons which came before the High Court in July and November of last year, to stay the execution of the Ruling by Porter J of 23rd November, 1983, Mr Nagpal, for the Respondent to this application, has taken a preliminary objection which, he says, goes to the jurisdiction of this Court. He says we cannot, in the circumstances of this case, make any order of a stay, which could, in any event, only be under Rule 5 of this Court’s Rules (Cap 9), as recently amended.
Mr Nagpal has argued that there was no issue before Porter J as to whether the arbitration was competent under Clause 16 of the original agreement between the parties, or as to whether it should proceed. The only issues before the Judge were the application for the injunction, which Nyarangi J (as he then was) had granted ex parte on the 29th July 1983, and which the Respondent sought to continue when the matter came before Porter J, inter partes, and the replacement of the late Mr Humphrey Slade by Mr Reg Russell, to whom there is, personally, stated to be no objection. The Judge, said Mr Nagpal, had no need to say, and should not have said as he did on the penultimate page of his Ruling:- “In these circumstances, it seems to me, that the more one considers the facts of this case the more obvious it becomes that it is a matter which should be referred under the agreement to an arbitrator and in these circumstances Mr Patel’s argument that I cannot grant the application for appointment of a new arbitrator in view of the fact that there should be no arbitration, in the first place is wrong, and the quickest step to settlement of the dispute is for the arbitrator to be appointed and the arbitration to be entered on without any further delay.”
Since the arbitration was already in being, and unless stopped, will be heard on the 18th, 19th and 24th April of this year, Mr Nagpal submitted that the arbitration did not depend in any way on the proceedings before the High Court. The proper course for the applicant to have taken, was to seek an injunction or to have brought a declaratory suit if it contended that the arbitration was incompetent, as indicated in the passage from the 19th Edition of Russell On Arbitration to which he referred us.
There have been two recent cases in which this Court has said that issues not before the High Court on an Originating Summons should not be decided in proceedings before it, namely Kenya Commercial Bank v James Osebe, civil Appeal 60 of 1982, where the issue of damages could not, in any event, have been determined on an Originating Summons, and James Njoro Kibutiri v Eliud Njau Kibutiri, Civil Appeal 30 of 1982 where Law JA said that the High Court had no jurisdiction to partition non-partnership land. That is undoubtedly correct, but until this Court has decided that the High Court should not have determined the issue (if, indeed, in this case it should not) the High Court order remains in effect and is valid and enforceable as an order which has been duly issued and sealed.
Attractive, therefore, as Mr Nagpal’s argument is, we agree with Mr Nowrojee, who represents the Applicant, that the point he has taken does not go to the jurisdiction of this Court, but only to the rectitude or otherwise of part of the decision of the High Court. In these circumstances, this court must have jurisdiction under Rule 5, as it is framed, to decide the issue of the whether or not a stay of Porter J’s ruling should be granted. We accordingly dismiss the preliminary objection and proceed to determine the question raised by the Notice of Motion filed on 26th March, 1984.
Dated at Nairobi this 17th day of April, 1984.
A A KNELLER
JUDGE OF APPEAL
A R W HANCOX
JUDGE OF APPEAL
J O NYARANGI
AG JUDGE OF APPEAL
I certify that this is a true copy of the original.