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Ronald Mubiru: Why he Sold Grasshoppers in an Airplane

The man captured on camera selling grasshopper (Nsenene) – a delicacy in Uganda is not your ordinary man, at least according to the informat...

The man captured on camera selling grasshopper (Nsenene) – a delicacy in Uganda is not your ordinary man, at least according to the information gathered.

The culprit has been identified as Ronald Mubiru. With November widely regarded as the month for grasshoppers in Uganda, the hawker has found another source of income.

Besides hawking, he is also a purchasing agent plying the Dubai-Uganda route, according to the Kampala Capital City Traders Association (KACITA) chairperson, Thaddeus Musoke.

As an agent, Mubiru buys goods for retailers from Dubai, transporting them to Uganda and this explains why he was aboard the plane when he sold grasshoppers.

“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’s actions have come under scrutiny.

“It’s very unfortunate for such unprofessional act. We are very shocked by Mubiru’s action because he’s trying to shame our Airlines,” added Musoke. “As the business community, the airline has tried to ease our travel outside Uganda and facilitated our business.”
Ronald Mubiru Inside the Airline 
The association is contemplating Mubiru for “his shameful and unbecoming act.” However, his enterprising act has located some supporters.

“This addition of Nsenene on our menu will bring the Ugandan culture to the world. Our key products are people and the experience,” the national carrier’s management said.

“We don’t condone the acts of the passenger selling Nsenene and low standards of serving it to people who were buying it. We will not take this conduct lightly because it undermines the spirit of the national carrier.”

Uganda’s transport minister, Edward Wamala asked the airline to act against the airline staff.

“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,” Wamala tweeted.

Mubiru was recorded by passengers 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.

As the camera rolls, he is seen holding a big, blue polythene bag and telling the passengers that the Ugandan delicacy goes for Shs10,000 per scoop.

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