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Publish Date: Aug 02, 2011
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By Ayiga Ondoga

The Police have launched an operation to fight the production and supply of counterfeit tea in the country.

This follows the confiscation of over 100 packets of fake ‘Garden Tea’ from Kikuubo in downtown Kampala by the Police and the lawyers of Eagle Investment Limited, the makers of the Garden Tea brand in Uganda, on Monday.

The Police raided shop NEM C2 on Premier Arcade in Kikuubo Lane in the Kampala Central Business District after a tip-off, where they impounded several packets of fake Garden Tea.

The shop attendant Kassim Baguma was arrested and taken to the Police station, where he made a statement and was later released pending investigations into the matter.

Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said 60% of the Garden Tea products on the market were fake. “Our involvement as Police is to fight counterfeit products on the market. We are going to use our intelligence networks to get to the bottom of the scam and source of supply,” Nabakooba vowed.

She added that the Police were mandated to protect the people and traders from accessing such products,” Nabakooba added.

Nabakooba appealed to the public to work with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards in the fight against the production and supply of counterfeit products to safeguard the lives of consumers.

Eagle Investment’s lead counsel Kevin Nsubuga said the genuine Garden Tea is packed in a gold foil wrapper, while the fake ones are in a plain transparent polythene wrapper (kaveera).

“Traders and consumers need to be careful when buying tea because the market is full of counterfeits,” Nsubuga noted.

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