KAMPALA-UGANDA/NEWSDAY: Comedian Godfrey Seguya aka Kayibanda is in trouble for using police officers in an energy drink- Mukamanayamba advert without authorization.
As investigations continue, the police has directed that the advert is pulled down immediately and it should never be played on TV stations and Radios.
“Failure to do so will call for sanctions in the civil court of law. 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,” Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement dated August 2.
He said that the police leadership condemns the use of its image as content in a controversial commercial advert.
“The advert deceptively suggests that our 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 said.
He said that the appearance of officers in uniforms and the use of police logistics for work outside police duty is illegal without the express permission of the IGP.
“These officers for their selfish gains appeared for a commercial advertisement without such approval and are a subject of investigation by the Professional Standards Unit,” Enanga said.
He said that 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 said.
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