By Davis Mugabi
The Prime Minister of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, has spoken out on an incident in which a trader aboard Uganda Airline to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was filmed vending Nsenene (longhorn grasshoppers) on the aircraft.
Paul Mubiru has since apologized but was arrested and held at an unknown location upon return from Dubai on Sunday.
In a tweet Monday morning, Charles Peter Mayiga says: “I fail to understand the fuss about Paul Mubiru vending nseenene on a Uganda Airlines flight to Dubai. All airlines vend lots of things in-flight. I have witnessed passengers doing forex exchange transactions on board many times. It’s common to see passengers carry their own food onto the plane – which is cleared by the ground crew. Travelers on buses always vend food and other items.”
According to Mayiga, “If the carrier disapproves of vending they should simply state so – otherwise those who bought the insects appreciate their taste.”
“Mubiru could be adept at salesmanship. No need to stir up a storm in a tea cup,” Said Mayiga, also a senior lawyer.