Court name
Court of Appeal of Tanzania

Grace Frank Ngowi vs Dr. Fank Israel Ngowi () [1984] TZCA 10 (14 August 1984);

Law report citations
1984 TLR 120 (TZCA)
Media neutral citation
[1984] TZCA 10

Mustafa, J.A.: delivered the following judgment of the court: Mr. Mahatane for the respondent has made an application to strike out the appeal filed by the appellant on the  I

  A ground that some essential step in the proceedings in the appeal has not been taken or has not been taken within time, in terms of Rule 82 of the Court of Appeal Rules.  Mr. Mahatane submitted 5 grounds in support of his application.  He contended that the appeal is time barred in terms of Rule   B 83 as the appellant was not entitled to exclude the time required for the preparation and delivery of the record from computation as the appellant had not sent a copy of the application for the record copy to the respondent in terms of Rule 83(2). Secondly, he submitted that up to now no notice of appeal has been served on his client, in contravention of Rule 77.  Thirdly, the record of appeal was   C not served by the appellant on the respondent.  He stated that his client came to know of the appeal on 7th August, 1984, from friends and came to Court and obtained a court copy of the appeal record at the Arusha District Registry.  The appellant's failure to serve the memorandum and record   D of appeal offends Rule 90.
The fourth complaint by Mr. Mahatane refers to the absence of the payment of security for costs of the appeal in contravention of Rule 114.
  E The fifth and final ground refers to the defective and insufficient record filed.  There was an amended petition in the course of the trial, and such amended petition was not reflected in the record.  There were a number of letters and exhibits produced at the trial and no copy of such exhibits was reflected in the record.  This offends Rule 89(1)(c) and (k) and in the absence of such   F documents it is not possible to properly determine the appeal.
In reply Mr. Jonathan for the appellant admitted all these allegations.  As regards the failure to serve the notice of appeal and the memorandum and record of appeal, he stated that a Mr. Minja of the   G Arusha District Registry had offered to serve the respondent, but had failed to do so.  As regards the non-despatch of a copy of the application for a copy of the record to the respondent, he stated he had inadvertently omitted to do so.  In any event, he submitted, as regards these three lapses on his part, no prejudice could have been caused to the respondent.
  H In regard to the defective and insufficient records, he stated that he was supplied the said record by the District Registry.  It was an oversight that the copies of the exhibits and the amended petition were not included in the record.
  I As regards non-payment of the security for costs, he stated that he was doubtful if such was necessary, and stated that, if ordered by the court, such payment would be made.

We are satisfied that Mr. Mahatane's grounds of complaint are valid.  Mr. Jonathan has not given  A any satisfactory explanation as to why the various rules of the Court of Appeal Rules were not complied with. In the circumstances we strike out the appeal.  As this refers to a matrimonial matter, in the exercise of our discretion, we make no order as to costs. B
Application granted.