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What’s in a name? Murkomen takes on Kalonzo’s party over use of acronym

 Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and NASA co principal Kalonzo Musyoka

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka have been locked in a legal battle over the OKM abbreviation.

The Senator has asked the Registrar of Political Parties to reject the acronym that the former VP’s party wants to use in its re-branding.

The senator said the abbreviation OKM was lawfully held by him, denoting his full names - Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen. He said he had used it since 2010 to brand his political career.

Kalonzo on Tuesday announced that Wiper party would re-brand to One Kenya Movement (OKM).

And in the letter dated April 3, Mr Murkomen’s lawyer, Hilary Sigei, told the registrar any attempt to register OKM would be a violation of the Political Parties Act on an abbreviation of a name resembling that of another legal entity.

Sing'oei Murkomen and Sigei Advocates said the use of OKM was also protected by the Trade Marks Act. They said OKM was a well-known mark used exclusively by their client in the country.

“We therefore object to attempts to register OKM as an abbreviation for any political party and especially by WDM-K (Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya). We therefore urge your office to caution and restrain WDM-K against use of OKM,” read the letter.

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