The committee was meeting energy and soft drink producers who were tasked to explain misleading advertisements about the capacity of their products to arouse sexual enhancement, heal diseases like cancer, pressure and diabetes among others.
Parliament’s Committee on Trade Tourism and Industries on Friday handed
Fazil Wabulembo, a food scientist working with Mukamanayamba Energy Drink to the
police for interrogations over misleading adverts.
The committee was meeting energy and soft drink producers who were tasked
to explain misleading advertisements about the capacity of their products to
arouse sexual enhancement, heal diseases like cancer, pressure and diabetes
The 10 companies include the producers of Mukama Nayamba, Rock Boom, Kabiriti, Senga Nalongo, Akaboozi, Kituzi, Power Bank,
Kabode, Bebe Wine, Kampaho, Powerbank and Ekyama kya work among others.
The committee played each of the companies media adverts on a
projector at Parliament, but most of them did not meet the standards like
disclaimers for pregnant women, disclaimers for children and people with
The MPs tasked the drink owners to explain their drinks and
Wabulembo told MPs that although they were broadcasting wrong adverts, they were
directed to stop the adverts by Uganda Communications Commission-UCC. He however
told the MPs that some of their drinks may enhance sexual performance, despite
indicating that the drink has health benefits.
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The committee were also concerned that the products did not have approval from the National Drug Authority (NDA), but only had
one from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
Harriet Busingye the Hoima City MP says that the drinks have
silently killed Ugandans. He said that the companies should stop duping
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The Mbarara South City Mwine Mpaka asked Police to detain Wabulembo
and record a statement.
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Abdulsamad Lukyamuzi the owner Kabode Drink says that his drink is
not an energy drink but a soft drink that is not harmful.
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Moses Ariho the Director of Kituzi Drink said that his product is a
soft drink that has passed UNBS standards and Tanzanian standards.
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Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the MP Igara West MP tasked the producers of
Rock Boom officials to explain the contents of their drink. He told MPs that
when he drank the energy drink during elections his blood pressure shot up.
The Public Relations
Manager Harris International Rachael Luwedde however says their products are certified and highly
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The Regulating Agencies, National Drug Authority (NDA), Uganda
Communications Commission (UCC) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards
(UNBS) all pledged to heighten their role in regulating the sector.
it will withdraw its certification from those who have failed to meet the
standards, while UCC pledged to engage media stakeholders.