Prof. Ogwang also the proprietor of Jena Herbals (U) Ltd has through his legal representation Omongole & Co Advocates passed an ultimatum to Mbarara University of Science and Technology over the illegal usage of his products to solicit funds from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Recently, it was stated that the manufacturers of Covidex required additional financial support from the government meant to boost the manufacture of the highly demanded herbal remedy on the Ugandan market.
Initially, the assumption ran to Jena Herbals (U) Ltd as the benefactors of the cash and since Prof. Ogwang belongs to the staff of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, it didn’t take a genius to put two and two other but the recently released letter says otherwise.
According to the letter addressed to the institution of higher learning’s Vice-Chancellor, Attn. Prof. Celestine Obua, here is a question of his intentions to solicit funds from the innovation ministry yet the government of Uganda has authorized only one manufacturer in the country.
“However, to our client’s dismay and amazement, they have learned that you have illegally without their authorization used three (3) Jena products of; (I) Jena DX extra, (II) Artemune, and (III) Covidex to solicit funds from Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOST I). You further went ahead to evaluate the products of Jena Herbals (U) Ltd without our client’s consent,” read the letter in part.
Due to this, a stun warning was passed to the university for her fraudulent activities and Incase the university fails to adhere to this warning, a promise to sue it stands hopefully it shall make the wise decision.
“We, therefore, demand that the university ceases immediately the said fraudulent dealings on our client’s products.
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SHOULD the University deem it fit to continue with the said illegal acts, they should be ready to be held liable for infringement of the trademarks, patents, and all associated intellectual property rights for which Jena Herbals (U) Ltd will not hesitate to demand for Ugshs. 100, 000,000,000 (Uganda shillings One hundred billion) for unlawful use of their products,” the letter said additionally.
At the beginning of this month, the Ministry of Health legalized the usage of Covidex as a support treatment towards the fight of Covid-19 in the country especially in the wake of the second wave.