Kansai Plascon Paints Sales Manager Moses Kato has been arrested by detectives in charge of media crimes, for allegedly tarnishing the image of another paint-manufacturing company, Sadolin Paints Uganda.
Police arrested Kato and interrogated him at Kabalagala police station over the weekend for spreading harmful propaganda against the oldest paint-manufacturing company in Uganda.
It is said that Kato placed adverts in the media and on social media with a message intimating that Sadolin Paints had ceased existing and instead resorted to packing paint manufactured by another company, Regal Paints.
Sadolin head of public relations Felix Adupa Ongwech, told the EagleOnline that Mr. Kato has been at this for long and that he will have to answer charges related to tarnishing the reputation of Sadolin.
“We asked police to assist us with investigating those responsible for maligning our products and indeed police took time doing their work until they arrested Kato. He will have to prove that our products are fake and are not ours as he has been alleging,” Mr Adupa said.
Sadolin is owned by AkzoNobel and was under Sadolin Paints East Africa Limited.
However, under a now contentious agreement, Kansai Plascon acquired the Sadolin East Africa Limited but the former was not supposed to manufacture, sell, market or trade until January 2018.