By Kiyimba Bruno
The legal director for the Anti counterfeit Network Mr. Fred Mwema has revealed that most of the products in the Ugandan supermarkets are counterfeit.
This was during a media breakfast as the Anti Counterfeit Network Africa unveiled a new television programme centered on the counterfeit pandemic in Africa and finding ways to fight the vice at Protea hotel in Kampala.
Mwema gave an example of the Johnson baby powder which has internationally been blocked from the markets but again found in Ugandan Super Markets while citizens are buying it.
Mwema said that a disease like counterfeit needs much concentration to make sure it is killed completely.
“60% of the supermarket products are counterfeit as NBS revealed to us” said Mwema.
He went ahead to elucidate that in order to fight this vice, even the media must change the way it does its reporting.
“Media should concentrate on important stories instead of critics” noted Mwema.
At the same function, the guest of honor Hon Ruhunda Alex, the Member of Parliament for Fort Portal Municipality and the chairperson of the committee of tourism, trade and cooperatives said that many Ugandans are good at pointing out problems but are very poor at finding solutions to these problems.
On this note he advised the Uganda Counterfeit Network to concentrate on skills since many Ugandans drive their own agendas.
The Anti –Counterfeit Network is a private sector Organization, which aims to bridge the intervention gaps between the multiple stakeholders that affect and are affected by counterfeits and parallel importation.