Fuel Firm in Trouble as Celebrated Kenyan Comedian Sues for Plagiarism

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A fuel distributor could find itself in trouble if a court orders that it pays actor and comedian Frederick Owino Omondi for plagiarism.

The famous Hapa Kule News show host aka Buda Boss has sued Vivo Energy Kenya, the distributor and marketer of Shell and Engen branded fuels and in Kenya over the use of the Buda Boss tag line being used in Shell Petrol Stations, Mpsasho reports.

Freddy has been using the name tag for his show that has aired on NTV since 2013 and the brand has since become popular amongst millions of his fans.

The respected stage director and actor (pictured) has since popularised the name tag through his theatre and brand endorsement activities and the brand even has an active website Budaboss.

Mpasho has reported that Mr. Omondi moved to the High Court to stop Vivo Energy Kenya from using a closely similar tag line BODABOSS, which Vivo is using to market its “Shell Advanced Engine oil” product which is a product for motorcycles.

The Vivo advert. IMAGE CREDIT/MPASHO

Through his lawyer identified as Ms. Kimeto, Freddy has argued that Vivo’s choice of a Tag Line for their products is closely similar to his BUDABOSS signature.

Appearing before Lady Justice Grace Nzioka on Wednesday, Mr. Omondi argues that the firm’s move is deliberate to deceive and confuse the market into believing that Vivo’s products have been endorsed by Omondi, or that the Vivo is in a joint venture with Omondi, contrary to the truth.

Ms. Kimetto has urged the Court to stop Vivo from using this offensive Tag Line.

The judge has since directed Vivo to respond to the allegations in 21 days.

Wakajuanes.Com understands that Freddy had written twice to Vivo demanding that the distributor stops using the tag but in vain, prompting the actor to move to court.

However, when reached for comments on the matter, the award-winning actor refused to be quoted saying the matter is already before the court.

“I’m avoiding to comment on that matter as it’s already before the court,” Fredy said in a telephone interview with Wakajuaness.

Our efforts to reach Vivo Energy for comments were fruitless.

The case shall be heard on 19th September 2019.

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