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Two charged for vending grasshoppers on Uganda Airlines plane

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Police has charged two Ugandan men for the “disrupting behaviors they exhibited” when they appeared in the video vending grasshoppers commonly known as “Nsenene” on the Uganda Airlines flight last Friday.

The two identified as Mubiru Paul,27, and Kiggundu Habib,26, both phone accessories dealers have been slapped with a “Common Nuisance” charge as police say these breached the flight protocols aboard flight number UR 446 from Entebbe airport to Dubai.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga while addressing journalists at Naguru police headquarters said the duo caused a commotion on the plane which posed a threat to other travelers on top of tainting the image of the newly revived airline.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says the prime suspect, Mubiru Paul was allowed to carry fried grasshoppers in his hand luggage since it is not prohibited by the aviation rules. He however said that Mubiru instead of placing his bag in the overhead luggage cabin.

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Enanga adds that Mubiru then opened it up and started vending the grasshoppers while his accomplice recorded him and shared the video that went viral.

Police also cautioned the flight crew including pilots to always report such individuals who exhibit disruptive behaviours.

The suspects have since apologised to the public, the Ministry of Works, and the Aviation Authority for their actions.

However, the minister of Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala ordered for the suspension of the Uganda Airlines staff who were on duty that day of the breach.


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