A company name can be reserved for a period of 2 months before registration. The prescribed fee to reserve a company name is K50. The reservation of a company name is a prerequisite to the registration of a new company or change of name of an existing company name. The reservation of a name process is essentially an “approval process”. The Registrar will not approve a name which would contravene any law, is identical or similar to the name of another company or a reserved name, is undesirable, misleading, deceptive or offensive, the Minister has directed the Registrar not to accept.
The name of a company must end with the word “Limited” or “Ltd”. The Registrar will not register a company nor register a company change of name, unless the name has been reserved beforehand, or an application for reservation of the name is also attached. The Registrar can direct a company to change its registered name if the name is one, which should not have been registered in the first place.