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VIOLET CIAMBAKA SABARI V. PHARES GITARI NJERU, CHARLES MUTEGI NJERU & ROBERT NJOKA NJERU

(2020) JELR 95153 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Civil Application 64 of 2020  •  4 Dec 2020  •  Kenya

Coram
Martha Karambu Koome, Wanjiru Karanja, William Ouko

Judgement

RULING OF THE COURT

In the High Court at Chuka, Limo, J determined two applications, one of which sought for the confirmation of grant of probate and the other was asking that court for leave to appeal and to stay orders issued on 13th February, 2020.

In the orders of 13th February, 2020, the learned Judge had found that the applicant was not a dependant of the deceased because her late husband, Erastus Mwalimu, through whom she based her claim of dependency, was neither a child nor a dependant of the deceased.

With that, the Judge allowed the summons for confirmation of grant and dismissed the prayers for leave to appeal and stay of execution.

But apprehensive that if execution of the decree were to proceed, she would be disinherited, the applicant invoked Rule 5(2)(b) of the Court of Appeal Rules and took out a motion for stay of execution, in which she argued that the intended appeal is arguable, the main question being, whether her husband was the deceased’s son.

The only objection raised by the respondents is that the notice of appeal was lodged out of time as the decision intended to be challenged was rendered on 13th February, 2020 and the notice of appeal filed on 2nd June, 2020, way after the 14 days prescribed by Rule 75(2) of the Court of Appeal Rules.

Applying the now well-known principles under Rule 5(2)(b) of the Court of Appeal Rules which have been applied in numerous case, including Nguruman Limited v. Shompole Group Ranch and Another [2014]eKLR, we are of the view that without first obtaining leave to challenge the decision rendered on 27th day of May, 2020 and having filed the notice of appeal out of time and without leave, the arguability of the appeal is highly doubtful.

Both the leave and the notice of appeal are jurisdictional issues and the legs on which an application under Rule 5(2)(b) stands and without which the Court would down tools.

Having failed to satisfy us on this first limb, we are not obliged to consider the second limb. This was emphasized by the Court thus in the case of William Lerikan Konchellah and another v. Julius Tabarai Ole Maito Tampushi [2014] eKLR

“The applicant has to demonstrate two matters to the satisfaction of the court. Both must be proved and proof of one only will not be enough to secure the orders of stay as sought here”.

In the end, we find this application has no merit. We accordingly dismiss it with no orders as to costs.

Dated and delivered at Nairobi this 4th day of December, 2020.

W. OUKO, (P)

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JUDGE OF APPEAL

W. KARANJA

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JUDGE OF APPEAL

M.K. KOOME

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JUDGE OF APPEAL

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copy of the original.

Signed

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