Parliament Orders Closure Of Blue Wave Beverages Limited
Parliament’s Equal Opportunities committee has ordered for the closure of Blue Wave Beverages Limited, a water bottling company in Kampala. The directive to close the company follows reports that its bottled water in the Uganda market is contaminated.
Committee chairperson, Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central MP), while speaking to the media at Parliament on November 22, 2016, explained that the samples of the contaminated water, which were carried in a carton by a whistle-blower, was presented to the committee, with the individual calling for an investigation.
Nsereko said the black particles in the bottled water indicated contamination, prompting the committee to summon the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and State Minister of Industry, Michael Werikhe regarding the matter.
“People have been complaining about Blue Wave water, including at the Office of the Prime Minister, which cancelled the company’s contract. This type of water is bound to make Ugandans sick. The company should be closed until it is ascertained that the water is fit for consumption,” Nsereko stressed.
Officials from UNBS, led by the Deputy Executive Director, Patricia Ejalu acknowledged the committee’s input in investigating the matter. Ejalu stressed that UNBS will investigate the company’s production line.
“We are going to suspend their operations until they meet the quality requirements. We shall work with the committee and sector ministry to ensure that consumers in Uganda are protected against such products,” Ejalu promised.
Committee member, Paul Amoru (Dokolo North) handed over the carton of water to the UNBS officials, who said the samples will be taken to their laboratories for tests.
Earlier, the committee met with the company General Manager, Liu Wang, who failed to give convincing explanation on the contaminated water. The committee resolved to summon the directors of the Luzira-based company to explain.