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Man sues Coca-Cola over contaminated Krest soda

Trouble, according to Kayiwa’s civil suit, started on January 19 when he returned to Uganda and purchased two bottles of Krest bitter lemon soda, a Coca Cola product, which were sealed from Queens Stores at Nakivubo in downtown Kampala.

COURT | A private citizen has dragged Century Bottling Company Limited to court, accusing the company of selling soda which contained glass particles and insects, among other things.

In his suit filed before the Civil Division of the High Court on Tuesday, Martin Kayiwa, who claims to be the president of Association of Ugandans in China, Manger Simbaland International Logistic Company Limited and “well traveled man and a person of repute both in Uganda, China and over the world” accuses Century Bottling Company of gross negligence.

Century Bottling Company is a franchise bottler of Coca Cola products.

Trouble, according to Kayiwa’s civil suit, started on January 19 when he returned to Uganda and purchased two bottles of Krest bitter lemon soda, a Coca Cola product, which were sealed from Queens Stores at Nakivubo in downtown Kampala.

Kayiwa says one bottle was his, and the other for his wife.

Apparently, he opened and consumed part of the beverage in one of the bottles but in the process of enjoying the soda, he realised what he terms as “an unusual test” in his mouth.

Consequently, Kayiwa says the bizarre taste prompted him to look at the contents of the two bottles and after thorough scrutiny, he realized that the bottle he was drinking from contained “particles of glass,” hazy substance and insects while the other he had bought for his wife had “sizeable glass particle.”

“Kayiwa was nauseated and developed stomach pain and vomiting, drowsiness which resulted into panic, distress, psychological torture, trauma and mental anguish,” the affidavit reads, adding that he was immediately rushed to Bugolobi Medical Center where he received medical treatment and he was later refereed to Mulago for further management.

A copy of medical forms with clinical notes he received from Bugolobi Medical Centre are attached to support the suit.

Through Byamugisha Gabriel and Company Advocates and Kakama and Company Advocates, Kayiwa says that he reported the incident at Nakivubo Road Police Post under the reference SDREF/17/19/01/18. Having made a statement at the said police station, due to the seriousness of the matter it was referred to Central Police Station (CPS).

“Kayiwa handed over the subject bottles to the police for further analysis and was advised by the police to attend before the police surgeon for medical review,” he says, adding that Century Bottling sent it’s representative who confirmed that they were the manufacturers of the said Krest bitter lemon bottle.

Attaching a copy of the medical report from police surgeon who reviewed his condition, he says that the findings confirmed the existence of adulterated substances in his body similar to those in the soda bottle he had consumed.

“Coca Cola’s actions of producing and putting on the open market contaminated and adulterated beverages are gravely negligent and endanger public health, the defendant being an internationally recognized and respected company and the largest supplier of soft beverages in Uganda and World Wide,” the suit says referring to Century Bottling Company’s or Coca Cola’s global appeal and muscle.

Subsequently, he wants the High Court to order Coca Cola to pay him in damages ranging from special, exemplary, general and punitive, saying he suffered abdominal pain and psychological torture as a result.

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