Court name
High Court of Tanzania

Omari Farouk Karamaldin vs Justinan R. Kahwa () [1990] TZHC 17 (17 December 1990);

Law report citations
1996 TLR 100 (TZHC)
Media neutral citation
[1990] TZHC 17
Mkude, J.

Mkude J: On 10 August 1990 the Resident Magistrate's Court of Dar es Salaam at H Kisutu issued an order seizing motor vehicle TZ 77961 and gave it to Omari Farouk Karamaldin, the appellant herein. This was in civil case No 93 of 1990 in which the appellant had successfully sued one Justinan Rugeiyamu Kahwa and the said vehicle was seized in satisfaction of the decree. Then on 14 August 1990, following objection I proceedings filed by one Mzava alias Praygod Mbaga, the same court reversed its decision of 10 August

1990 and set aside the order of seizure and directed that the vehicle TZ 77961 be A released to Mbaga, the objector. The reason for this step by the court is contained in its ruling which is the subject matter of this appeal. The ruling states in part:
   'An application has been filed by Mr Mkatte objecting to an order which was made by this court B ordering the seizure of a motor vehicle which was in the possession of his client and handing it to  the respondent.  The order was made by this court on 10 August 1990. When that application was made, the respondent who was the plaintiff in this case did not disclose to this court at all that the motor vehicle which is the subject matter of this case is also a subject matter of a case which had C been filed at the High Court earlier on and it is still pending.
   Apparently the order which has been made by this court is in a total variance with an interlocutory order which has already been made by the High Court. D
   As correctly submitted by Mr Mkatte if at all this fact was disclosed to this court, this court would have never issued the order which is issued.'
It will be seen that the effect of the order arising from this ruling is to vest possession of E the vehicle in Mr Mbaga from whom the vehicle was taken under the order of 10 August 1990. It follows that any appeal seeking the reversal of the order from that ruling must cite Mr Mbaga as a respondent so that he can be heard before the order depriving him of the possession of the vehicle can be made. F
The present appeal falls short of that. Instead only Justinan Rugeiyamu Kahwa is cited as respondent and Mbaga does not feature at all. I note that one of the prayers of the appellant is
   'that the first ruling of the same court be upheld and confirmed'. G
What the appellant calls `the first ruling' is the ruling dated 10 August 1990 which gave him possession of the vehicle after taking it away from Mbaga. In other words, the appellant is now asking this court to make an order under which the vehicle will be taken away from Mbaga while Mr Mbaga was not given the opportunity to be heard. The H appellant did not see it fit to join him in his appeal.
It is against the rules of natural justice to condemn a man without giving him a hearing. It is against the constitutionally guaranteed rights to deprive a man of property without a hearing.
Accordingly this appeal fails and I dismiss it. I make nor order as to costs. I