Uganda winners of the Crown Beverages-sponsored ‘Drink and Peel’ promotion, who were set to travel to Milan, Italy to watch the UEFA Champions League final on May 28, have been denied visas by the Italian Embassy in Uganda.
‘It has come to our attention that the winners, who were preparing for the trip, were denied visas by the Italian Embassy in Uganda despite Pepsi having footed all the expenses for accommodation and air fare. The Embassy raised concerns about the documents they submitted as part of the visa application process. Crown Beverages Limited respects the decision of the embassy as the power to issue or deny visas is under its discretion. We do appreciate the assistance the embassy provided the winners, during the application process’, a release by Jeff Sekandi of Crown Beverages Limited (CBL), says.
According to the CBL release, entrants who fail to satisfy visa requirements is deemed not to have qualified for the grand prize.
‘Clause 9 of the Terms and Condition of the promotion stipulates that an entrant (winner) whose entry has been drawn and/or the entrants partner, at any time be refused a Schengen visa to travel to Europe and/or the European country of the Promoters discretion for any reason whatsoever, such an entrant will be deemed not to have qualified for the prize and/or have forfeited the grand prize, the trip to Milan,’ the release states but consoles the winners.
‘We regret any inconvenience this situation may have caused to the affected customers,’ the release adds.