KAMPALA, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA| The man who caused an uproar as he was captured on video vending grasshoppers (Nsenene) in the cabin of the National Carrier, Uganda Airlines has been identified.
He was identified by the help of the Kampala Capital City Traders Association (KACITA) chairperson, Thaddeus Musoke.
Daily Monitor reports that the vendor, Paul Mubiru is a known purchasing agent who helps several business people in Uganda who plie the Dubai route.
“He is also a transporter (locally known as Katumwa) who transports goods from Dubai on behalf of other traders who do not want to travel,” Musoke said.
Mubiru was yesterday recorded in a video that has since gone viral and sparked social media outrage vending the insects in a polythene bag to excited passengers in the economy class.
In the video, Mubiru who is seen holding a big, blue polythene bag and telling the passengers that the Ugandan delicacy goes for Shs10,000 per scoop.
“It’s very unfortunate for such unprofessional act. We are very shocked by Mubiru’s action because he’s trying to shame our Airlines. As the business community, the airline has tried to ease our travel outside Uganda and facilitated our business. We strongly condemn all unbecoming behaviors which can taint the image of our national carrier,” Musoke said before adding that they are considering punishing Mubiru for “his shameful and unbecoming act.”
Works and Transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala tweeted saying he had asked the leadership of the airlines to take action against the staff who were in charge when the incident happened.
“About the video making rounds on social media of someone vending Nsenene aboard @UG_Airlines, I have spoken to the leadership of the airline to take action against the staff who were in charge when this happened,” he tweeted.
Earlier, the Airlines management in what’s believed to be an attempt to downplay the shocking incident said they were planning to add a grasshoppers to their menu for regional and international flights on request.