15 January 2013

Zambia: Deal With Fake Product Pushers

THE recent revelation by the Zambian Police Service of the availability of counterfeit products on the Zambian market has sent shivers across consumers in the country.

The Zambian Police has confiscated products that are perceived to have forged trademarks and false trade descriptions from traders across the market.

These products worth millions of Kwacha range from foodstuff to ladies sanitary pads. The Zambian market has recently been a dumping site for most products that enter our market undetected.

We have stringent laws in the books yet no statutory bodies are seen to uplift them for application to these wrongdoers. If they are applied, it is mostly selective and leaves much to be desired.

The Zambia Police has arrested some traders of Zambian, Indian and Lebanese origin, charged them with "being in possession of infringing copyright work contrary to the laws of Zambia". These fake products that were confiscated have really disheartened me.

Do you know how these harmful products can be to human beings? First and foremost, let us restrict our discourse to sanitary pads that have a direct impact to the future and current population of the country.

Why do these persons opt to subject its clients to such harmful products? The element of cutting down costs and enhancing the profitability of any enterprise will give rise to these shoddy activities.

Most Zambian business entities will prefer shortcut methods of leading the market of their respective products. This will eventually prove very costly in future as legal and firefighting costs will increase astronomically as compared to those that were being evaded.

The question for the public is- what are sanitary pads? Sanitary pads are those womenfolk use during their menstrual periods to avoid any exposure to clothes and keep a healthy environment during that time.

If such harmful products could be availed to the Zambian womenfolk, most diseases that accompany it will escalate across the medical landscape of our country.

It is such vices that our population need to be protected against to minimise medical costs of our nation at large.

With persons among us engaging in such unscrupulous methods of endangering our society, let the long arm of the law teach these fake businesses a lesson for others to learn from.

The First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata has spent most of her academic, professional and now politically acquired knowledge in the fight against cervical cancer.

This she has done with accolades emerging from both the local and international scene, for her timely efforts in combating such medical vices being promoted by these short sighted, unscrupulous and inhuman businesses.

Can you imagine that all the efforts that our hardworking First Lady has done could be eroded by these fake businesspersons.

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