Counterfeit Manufacturers Netted

Police is holding three persons involved in manufacturing counterfeited products.

3 Arrested for Manufacturing  counterfeits
3 Arrested for Manufacturing counterfeits

Eddy Muyanja 18, Abdul Ssemogerere 23 and Kennedy Chacha Wamburi, a Kenyan national were arrested from the suburbs of Najjanankumbi and Nansana during an ongoing operation against counterfeits on the market.

The suspects were manufacturing household products like detergents, coffee, spices, body creams, insecticide, and reams of papers.

Police also found in their possession, fake certificates implying that they were members of the Uganda manufacturers association –UMA and written agreements between them and different suppliers.

Samples of the products have been submitted to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and to the government analytical laboratory as part of the investigation and evidence that will form the charge sheet.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson says the persons arrested were employed by a one Zake Omar Semakula who is currently on the run.

He says the arrested individuals and the one still at large will all face charges of counterfeiting trademarks and possession of counterfeited products. If the products are found to fake, they will be charged under section 26 close (a) of the Uganda national bureau   of standards act.

Enanga explains that the counterfeit business is a lucrative venture that stretches across the borders. However the law is too lenient for such offenders. He adds that until punitive measures are put in place to address the challenge, Uganda will still grapple with the antics of the counterfeit dealers.

A draft Counterfeit law; the Anti-Counterfeiting Goods Bill 2010 now before parliamentary sets the penalty for dealing in counterfeit goods at 20 years in jail.

The bill prohibits the manufacture, trade and release of fake goods into the channels of commerce. It also provides for, among other things, a penalty, which is ten times the cost of the counterfeit

The present law mandates Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to curb trade in substandard products, but does not give them powers to impound or seize counterfeit products.