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Police: Fake Spaghetti, Oil Lubricants Flooding Kampala Markets

The department of international police and international relations in Uganda police on Friday called upon product brand owners sold on the Ugandan market to protect the local consumers.

The rally comes after last week’s operation to crackdown counterfeit products on the Ugandan market.

The operation dubbed “Fagia” was conducted by the directorate of Interpol and other agencies.

The other agencies that worked together with police to crackdown on fake goods included; Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Uganda Revenue Authority and the Anti-counterfeit Network.

Other agencies that were involved in the operation included Internal Security Organisation and External Security Organisation.

An assortment of fake products goods were impounded from the central business district in Kampala in supermarkets and wholesale shops.

Among the products impounded included fake agricultural inputs, motor vehicle oils and lubricants, foodstuffs, electronics among others.

Yiga displaying confiscated products

AIGP Dr Fred Yiga, the director of Interpol and international relations in the Uganda police on Friday at the directorate headquarters in Kampala urged brand owners of products that are counterfeited to jealously guard their brands in order to protect their customers.

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He said the directorate of Interpol got involved in the operation because it “is responsible of fighting cross border crimes including monitoring product movements.”

He added that fake products cross the border into the country and others are manufactured here and leave the country.

Dr Yiga told journalists that the directorate of Interpol was in the process to dialogue with brand owners and distributors of international brands to come up with a mechanism to protect consumers from counterfeits.

Among the brand owners that are set to engage with Interpol include Total, Shell, Gillette among others.

Local distributors also set to meet with the international police are Kiboko limited whose products have been grossly counterfeited on the Ugandan market.

The police boss also urged building owners especially in Kampala to set up guidelines for their tenants to guide them on the operations while in the premises.

The advice from the police chief comes after many fake products and unauthorised factories and workshops were busted from various arcades in the city.

AIGP Yiga also revealed to journalists that so far six criminal files have been opened up on the various suspects that were arrested with counterfeit products in the recent operations.

Relatedly, Anti counterfeit network, an advocate agency through their legal advisor Fred Muwema urged URA to stop taxing fake products on the Ugandan market so as to reduce on the substandard products in the country.

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