Uganda Police has suspended the controversial video of the popular “Mukama nayamba” energy drink over usage of police images in their commercial advert with immediate effect.
According to Police Spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, the controversial TV advert deceptively suggests that the police emergence team of the “999” Patrol Pick-Up and its crew actively responded to an incident where a pack of “Mukamanayamba” energy drink was grabbed by an alleged thief, during the recording of the advert.
Enanga says the appearance of officers in uniforms and the use of police logistics for work outside police duty is strictly prohibited without the express permission of the IGP.
He said the officers who appeared in the said advert did so for their selfish gains without such approval and are a subject of investigation by the Professional Standards Unit.
“In addition, the advert deceptively suggests that the police leadership endorsed the product of “Mukamanayamba” and further supports the campaign to market, sell and drink the product. This false impression created by the advert is defamatory since it is not representative of the police institution,” Enanga added.
Police hence demanded that the commercial firm pulls out the police content from the commercial advert and any further displays on media platforms halted or else face legal action in the civil court of law with failure to do this.
The Directorate Legal and Human Rights Services has also petitioned the Uganda Communications Commission on the unauthorized usage of our image and content in the Commercial Adverts.
Mukamanayamba is a local popular energy drink which is claimed by the manufacturer Mukamanagaba herbal products to heal sexual dysfunction and provides other health benefits