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Nsenene trader arrested upon arrival at Entebbe Airport

Paul Mubiru is in custody.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Security officers have today arrested Paul Mubiru, the passenger who sold grasshoppers, locally known as nsenene, aboard Uganda Airlines flight 446 on Friday.

According to three passengers who traveled with Mubiru aboard Uganda Airlines flight 445 from Dubai, the trader was arrested by immigration officers at the arrivals section at Entebbe International Airport. The aircraft landed today at 11:49am.

Mubiru was arrested after being swabbed at the airside by medical workers in the ongoing mandatory Covid-19 testing exercise for all incoming passengers.

A passenger who says Mubiru was in front of him at the arrivals section says he was approached by two immigration officers after he removed his cap and shades.

“But I think they already knew him because even before he had removed his cap, the officers were looking at him curiously,”  the passenger said. ‘They later moved out with him. His fellow traders will handle his baggage.”

Another passenger told our reporter that Mubiru was whisked away in a private vehicle that was parked at the apron where planes park. The vehicle was parked close to the entrance of the arrival section.

“Some passengers may not have noticed Mubiru being arrested because the whole episode lasted about three minutes,” the third passenger said.

“He really embarrassed Ugandans abroad because every foreigner especially Kenyans have made us a laughing stock,” the passenger says.

Mubiru was detained at the Aviation police station in Entebbe, after being handled for a few hours in the security office of the airport.

However, Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson was yet to comment on the matter.

Mubiru’s woes started after he was seen in a video selling grasshoppers as other passengers boarded the flight at Entebbe.

The incident which has since gone viral on social media, happened before the airline’s Airbus 330-800Neo departed for Dubai at Entebbe International Airport on Friday November 26.

Mubiru in videos circulating on social media, was seen selling grasshoppers for 10,000 shillings in a transparent polyethylene bag. It is evident that some of the passengers were excited while others acted in disbelief or ignored what was going on.

Mubiru has since apologized for his actions, saying he was hawking the grasshoppers for comical purposes.

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3 comments

  1. I am Team-Nsenene trader; there is no law that the man broke because there was NO law in place to prohibit a passenger from hawking any goods on the flight, Nsenene or not Nsenene. Furthermore, based on the official response from Uganda Airlines in response to the incident, the trader-passenger has opened Uganda Airlines management’s eyes and given them a new idea(s) in regard to expanding and diversifying their in-flight menu to reflect the local cuisine of Uganda. Remember how penicillin was discovered? Great inventions are born of unconventional ideas. Instead of arresting this in-flight Nsenene trader-passenger, celebrate his ingenuity and tap his creative mind for more marketing ideas. He did after all heed the call of the head of state to “Kulembeka”!

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