Onyango pins betting companies over image rights infringement, demands compensation

By Allan Damba

Uganda Cranes captain and goalkeeper Denis Masinde Onyango has pinned two betting companies over the usage of his image to promote their brands.

Through his lawyers; Muwema and Company Advocates, the custodian stated that Melbet and Paragon bet used his images to promote their products during the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi.

“Our client’s attention was recently drawn to advertisement carried out by both Melbet and Paragon bet on their social media handles to promote their products for the Uganda Cranes games against Burkina Faso and Malawi,” stated the letter.

Also stamped by the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board, the letter also highlights that it was a deliberate move to infringe the player’s image rights given the fact that he has a contract with Gals Sports Betting.

“The unauthorized use of our client’s image is a deliberate violation of his image rights for which we shall hold you liable, given the fact that our client is signed up as an ambassador to another entity in the same business.”

The Mamelodi Sundowns number one who is a brand ambassador for GAL Sports Betting also demands compensation of 50 million Uganda shillings from each company.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to demand that you desist from any future usage of our client’s image to promote your products and to further demand that you pay our client ugx. 50,000,000(Uganda shillings fifty million only) as compensation for violation of his image rights.”

The companies in question are yet to respond to the allegations and it remains to be seen if they will affect the payments.

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