12 April 2002

Kenya: Businessman Threatens to Sue Over NAC

The Big Three Opposition party leaders face legal action over the formation of National Alliance for Change (NAC).

Nairobi businessman Nginyo Kariuki yesterday warned Messrs Mwai Kibaki (DP), Michael Wamalwa (Ford-Kenya), and Mrs Charity Ngilu (NPK) against continued use of the name.

Nginyo said that the name NAC has close resemblance with his National Alliance which was registered last January 10 by the Registrar-General, Mr Paul Omondi Mbago.

In a letter to the three leaders dated yesterday, Nginyo said he will take legal action against them for continuing to use the name National Alliance for Change.

"You are hereby put on notice that unless you desist from using the aforesaid name forthwith, we shall have no option but to proceed and take legal action at your own cost..." stated Nginyo.

Nginyo, who is a Kiambu politician, contested the Kiambaa parliamentary seat during the last General Election and emerged fourth after Njenga Karume, Stanley Githunguri, and Kamau Icharia.

In a three-page letter to the three leaders, Nginyo says the National Alliance "has always been an inclusive movement, which is not out to fight other parties or organisations."

He said the Registrar-General wrote to the three leaders on March 26, demanding that they stop using the name National Alliance for Change because "it so nearly resembled" that of National Alliance.

"Mr Mbago's directive contained in the letter to the (three Opposition party chiefs) was explicit and advised them to desist from using the name," said Nginyo.

He criticised the three leaders for disregarding the directive and continued to use "NAC", which was formed early this year ostensibly to unite the Opposition parties and produce a single Presidential candidate.

"It has come as a great shock and disappointment to us at National Alliance, that in flagrant abuse and disregard for law... you have continued to use the name NAC," said Nginyo.

He claimed that the media has continued to use NAC oblivious of the directive given by the Registrar-General.

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