KAMPALA – Police in Kampala have arrested a man for making counterfeit disinfectants and sanitizers against coronavirus at his home.
Knight Stephen, a resident of Nsambya Central Zone, Makindye Division, Kampala, was picked by offices from Katwe Police on Thursday, March 19, 2020, after they several items were recovered in his home, including, bottles containing liquid with a ticker labeled Life care Diagnostics, an alcohol meter, empty jerricans, bottles measuring cylinder, stickers, funnels, tubes and boxes.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the suspect admits that he is not authorized to manufacture the said products.
“The suspect is currently detained at katwe Police station and the holding charge is dealing in counterfeit products,” he said.
Mr Onyango said the National Drug Authority and Uganda National Bureau of Standards have been brought on board as part of the team to investigate the matter.
“We want to appeal to members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit sanitizers. We also appeal to the general public to inform police of any illegal activities in their area,” he said.
So far, the Ministry of Health has reported that there are no cases of coronavirus patients in the country, although neighboring countries Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo and Rwanda confirmed their first cases last week, especially among people who had returned from abroad.