Back in May 2016, an Eldoret lawyer allegedly claimed to have bought a bottle of Kenya’s top selling beer Tusker, only to find a used condom inside it.
Richard Maina said East Africa Breweries Limited’s carelessness put an end to his relationship with his favourite beer brand.
“I found a used condom while I was at home. I have since lost interest in Tusker since the incident. I am suing the company for negligence. I fell ill, vomited and experienced psychological torture and I want the company to compensate me,” Maina claimed.
But the story took a different twist on Monday, June 19, after lawyers representing the region’s biggest brewer, poked holes into his claims and the lawsuit at large.
“Our bottling system is in tip-top condition and can’t let through a huge impurity like a condom without any detection. EABL is not just ISO-certified, it was recently re-certified to international standards for quality and food safety.” An EABL lawyer argued.
Adding: “More so, their ingredients sourcing procedures are so strict such that reckless mistakes would never occur under whatever circumstances.”
Things took a turn for the worst after Maina failed to present his evidence, the beer bottle with the condom, which would have been taken through a laboratory testing to ascertain that indeed, the condom found its way inside the beer bottle during production.
The failure in his part gave EABL lawyers grounds to claim Maina is a fraud attempting to profit from the company.
“He is an ambulance chaser. He should prove he personally bought the beer and also prove he fell ill, experienced trauma and mental anguish, even sought medical attention after allegedly consuming the contaminated beer,” said the lawyer.
EABL is now accusing the complainant of defaming the regionally respected giant brewer and wants him pay for damages. It also wants the Law Society of Kenya to open investigations into his character.
If found culpable, the lawyer will be deregistered and stopped from practicing law.