Exclusive: Why police charged Mubiru, Kiggundu who were vending Nsenene on Uganda Airlines and left the rest

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On Monday 29th November, the aviation security at Entebbe International Airport, charged two passengers, aboard the Uganda Airlines flight No UR446, from Entebbe to Dubai, following their disruptive behavior of vending grasshoppers to other passengers, from their carry-on luggage.

The suspects have been identified as; Mubiru Paul, a 27-year-old, businessman, dealing in phone accessories and a resident of Nsambya Kevina, and Kiggundu Hajib, a 25-year-old, businessman, also dealing in phone accessories, and resident of Masanafu, Rubaga division both are Baganda an ethnic group.

The facts indicate that Mubiru Paul, was permitted to carry grasshoppers in his hand luggage after negotiating with aviation workers who are alleged to be Banyankole after reaching an arrangement.

According to the National Civil Association Security program, Appendix 5 and the Airport Security Program, Appendix 10, grasshoppers are not a prohibited item on the aircraft.

Uganda Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga told Whisper Eye News that grasshoppers are deemed safe to carry.

“Surprisingly, instead of properly storing his luggage in the overhead bin or under the seat infront of him, Mubiru Paul, opened his hand luggage and started vending the fried grasshoppers, which attracted scenes of excitement and also disrupted other passengers,” says Mr Enanga.

“The illegal vending exercise was recorded by his associate, Kiggundu Hajib, and shared on various social media platforms,” CP Enanga added.

According to Mr Enanga, all passengers and members of the public are reminded to always adhere to the in-flight safety rules, which require passengers to take their seats, remain calm and wear their seatbelts during take-off and or landing.

However, it is alleged that Mr. Mubiru and Kigguddu in this respect, went against the standard inflight instructions and started vending fried grasshoppers.

Although it is alleged that the two defied requests from the crew member, the fact remains the crew members on duty were negligent and could be charged together.

Whisper Eye News has reliably informed the crew members who were in charge are backed by big officers in the government, thus squeezing the Baganda boys to cover up the mess.

“The only sales allowed are in-flight convenient or food items that are cleared and strictly sold by the cabin crew members,” a police spokesperson stated.

In addition, these two Baganda posed another safety risk, when they removed their masks and were shouting at the top of their voices, although they had a pre-flight Covid-19 test, according to Mr Enanga.

They were charged with various offenses which include; being a common nuisance C/S 160 of the Penal Code Act, refusal to follow a lawful instruction, given by the aircraft crew member, contrary to Regulation 51(b), of the Civil Aviation Security Regulation 2012, and for negligent acts likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.

Police spokesperson warned all passengers and the public over any disruptive behavior or unbecoming behavior on the plane can cause the removal of any passenger from the plane, by the pilot or captain.

The unanswered question is where are those who were responsible to manage this flight as they just looked on as everything was done.


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