17 May 2019

Uganda: Woman Charged Over Selling Adulterated Edible Cooking Oil

Kampala — Court has charged a 54-year old woman over selling adulterated cooking oil.

Ms Aisha Biryeri appeared before Buganda Road Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu, and denied being in possession of non-conforming commodities, an offence contrary to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Act.

However, Mr Gaston Kironde, a UNBS inspector, told court that they received information from an informer, which indicated that someone had been selling crude cooking oil at Naluwerere Trading Centre in Bugiri District.

"Together with my other colleagues we proceeded to Bugiri police post and got a police officer to guide us. We went to Biryeri's home," Mr Kironde said, adding they inspected the home, from which the oil was found in jerrycans and drums. The oil was later inspected and it was confirmed not to be conforming to UNBS' labeling standards.

It was also found that the oil had no manufacturing date and the conditions under which it was being stored was below requirement.

Prosecution contends that on November 2, 2017 at Naluwerere Trading Centre in Bugiri District, Ms Biryeri was found in possession of 22 Jerrycans of 20 litres, three Jerrycan of 10 litres and one Jerrycan of five litres of edible cooking oil products.

The oil, prosecution claims, was not conforming to the required UNBS specification and was not therefore, fit for human consumption and health.

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