JUDGMENT OF THE COURT
1. This is an appeal from the ruling of Aganyanya, J. (as he then was), delivered on 23rd October, 2007 in which the Court allowed an application by the 3rd and 4th respondents for dismissal of a suit (H.C.C.C. No. 986 of 2003 at Nairobi) that had been filed by the appellant on the ground that it was res judicata, on account of an earlier decision by Shields, J. in H.C.C.C. No. 2850 of 1980.
2. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents died before this appeal came up for hearing. The appellant did not apply for their substitution and therefore the appeal as against the deceased respondents abated in terms of rule 99(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules.
3. The brief background to the appeal is that one Kennedy Mburu Mwenje (deceased) and the appellant had been sued by one Benson Kamau Mwenje (a son of the 2nd respondent, who is deceased) in H.C.C.C. No. 2850 of 1980 at Nairobi. The dispute was over a portion of a parcel of land then known as Muguga/Gitaru/278.
4. In the ruling tha…