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Two Wine Factories Closed Over Filth in Kabale

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.
Andrew Baija, Kabale Municipality Health Inspector inspecting the place where Umusheshe Pineapple wine is producedfrom (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya

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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 with none. 

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.   

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