At JK Pineapple Wine factory, authorities found about 15 workers operating in filthy rooms, washing already used empty Heineken Lager beer bottles to pack wine, and adding to wine additives with labelling in Arabic language which they could not read. Silva Byamukama, the manager JK pineapple factory asked for forgiveness and admitted that they measure everything including the temperature of the products being manufactured, using their eyes.
Authorities in Kabale municipality have on Friday afternoon
closed two wine factories for failure to meet standard operational requirements.
The closed factories are: JK Pineapple Wine located in
Mwanjari ward and Umusheshe Pineapple Wine located in Rushaki ward, Southern
Division, Kabale Municipality. The factories were closed in an operation led by
Andrew Baija, Kabale Municipality Health Inspector, Alex Baingana, Southern
Division Principal Assistant Town Clerk Law enforcement officer and police.
Umusheshe Pineapple Wine and KJ Pineapple Wine are mostly
sold in Rwanda through porous borders and districts of Kisoro, Kabale,
Rukiga, Kanungu, Rukungiri and Ntungamo.
At JK Pineapple Wine factory, authorities found about 15
workers operating in filthy rooms. The workers were also found washing already used
empty Heineken Lager beer bottles to pack wine.
Authorities also found workers using additives with labelling in Arabic language
to add in the cooked pineapple juice to turn it into wine.
None of the workers was able to name the
additives labeled in Arabic. Workers were also found using
dirty clothes to filter juice from cooked pineapples for fermentation.
Inside the factory, authorities also found workers with
marijuana planted in bins.
None of the workers was found with a health certificate.
Silver Byamukama, the manager of the factory was
arrested and handed over to Mwanjari police post for further handling.
At Umusheshe Pineapple Wine factory, authorities found more
than 60 workers closed inside without face masks. Some of the workers
were also found with health certificates dated 2019 while others were found
Baingana says that none of the two factories was found with an operational license and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) certificate to
authorize their operations. He also says
that the factories were found without fire extinguishers, first aid boxes or nurses.Baingana says that the factories have been closed until owners produce
all required documents before authorities.
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Drama ensued when Baija tasked Alex Bahati, the manager of Umusheshe
Pineapple Wine factory to explain why they are selling wine products that are
not sampled by any health authority to certify that they are don’t cause any
health complications to consumers. Baija
says that the company had no parameters for sugars, water, alcohol content
among others.In response, Bahati instead
showed him Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) papers arguing that they are the ones
needed for testing.
Bahati later referred the authorities to his boss Anaclet Rugogamu
director of Umusheshe Pineapple Wine factory, a business under Rugogamu Enterprises
who was in Kampala.
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Silva Byamukama, the manager JK pineapple factory asked for forgiveness and admitted that they measure everything
including the temperature of the products being manufactured using eyes.