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Kacita to punish trader for selling nsenene aboard Uganda Airlines

Paul Mubiru

Paul Mubiru

A Ugandan passenger captured on video selling grasshoppers (nsenene) aboard Uganda Airlines flight 446 has apologized for the act. 

Paul Mubiru, a local trader registered with Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) has written an apology letter to the airline. 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 the grasshoppers, a local delicacy at Shs 10,000 in transparent polyethene bags (kaveera). While some passengers were excited, others reacted in disbelief or ignored what was going on.


Now in a letter dated November 27 and in a video posted in both English and Luganda, Mubiru says he was only hawking the grasshoppers for comical purposes. His oral apology however appears forced and seemed to have been witnessed by a person wielding authority based on the tone of the orders therein. 

Mubiru's apology comes a few hours after Thaddeus Musoke, the chairperson of Kacita identified him and said that he will be punished. Musoke has reiterated the same to our reporter, saying that even though Mubiru has since apologised, he will have to be punished. Musoke says Mubiru is a purchasing agent for several city traders who do not want to travel to Dubai.

Musoke said "How could a frequent traveller like him do such a thing? He cannot go unpunished because he even refused to listen to fellow traders and airline crew who told him not to sell nsenene."

He says Mubiru, a frequent flyer, is expected to return today Sunday November 28 and that traders will decide on his fate next week during a meeting. Musoke explains further that Kacita has been negotiating with Uganda Airlines for affordable air ticket prices and cargo fares. 

"So acts like these hamper our efforts," Musoke adds, "and this is not the first time we are hearing about unruly traders on board. So we must punish Mubiru to instil discipline among traders."

He is also concerned about the manner in which Mubiru sold the grasshoppers. "It is unacceptable to carry food in plastic polyethene bags and Mubiru did that," he adds, "What if he had sold poison to the passengers?"

Musoke thereby says Kacita is not impressed with Mubiru's behaviour and that his apology cannot undo the tainted image inflicted on the airline. Earlier on, the airline had also condemned Mubiru's actions saying, "No one should be exposed to an unruly market experience on our flight. The unacceptable, disruptive behaviour prevents the performance of critical duties of the flight crew."

In a statement issued November 27, the airline said "We don't condone the acts of the passenger selling nsenene and low standards of serving it to people who were buying it."

The airline adds, "We will not take this conduct on board lightly because it undermines the spirit of the national carrier....we are in talks with passengers involved and if there is another occurrence of such conduct on board, the passenger will be off-loaded without further consideration."

Meanwhile, sections of the public are demanding a probe into the matter, saying security personnel and passenger handlers must be questioned. Others say Ugandans need to be sensitised about packaging for food products or risk losing out when their foodstuffs such as grasshoppers are confiscated at their destinations.

Vianney Luggya, the spokesperson at Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), says "the entire episode will be investigated."

Comments

+2 #1 rashid kibirige 2021-11-28 12:00
who is this so called kasita to purnish this guy ? are you going to chase him out of kampala or his business ?

you failed to defend the traders whose items were rotting in the shops during corona, please stay in your lane of defending the traders not going against them. alot of nonse more than hawking has happened already in this airline.
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+1 #2 Joseph 2021-11-28 14:42
KACITA, what mubiru did was nothing wrong, is a business man who saw an opportunity and exploited it to his advantage, that is what business people do.

The other issue, KACITA, your jurisdictions don't reach wawakiso the district in which the airport lies.

The investigation should focus on security, how he managed to board with out nsenene being detected.

Which company runs security at the airport, how did they get the contract, are they qualified etc.
Bravo mubiru
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+1 #3 Jose 2021-11-28 15:23
You just wait, even bongo will be sold didn't you see yorghurt being exhibited on Dubai
If any one surprised, then he/ she surprised

Even Rolex, in ug it's a cash generating item ask kiwanda, not a type a wrist watch
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0 #4 Francis Okello 2021-11-28 18:50
So, KACITA will punish this guy based on what law? If there were not instructions barring sale of merchandize while inflight except for duty-free, no one should punish Mubiru.

Rather, they should be thanked for being creative in identifying a new line of business given there were willing buyers, or a delicacy that Uganda Airlines should add to their inflight catering menu.
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0 #5 Uhuru 2021-11-28 20:09
Quoting Joseph:
KACITA, what mubiru did was nothing wrong, is a business man who saw an opportunity and exploited it to his advantage, that is what business people do.

The other issue, KACITA, your jurisdictions don't reach wawakiso the district in which the airport lies.

The investigation should focus on security, how he managed to board with out nsenene being detected.

Which company runs security at the airport, how did they get the contract, are they qualified etc.
Bravo mubiru

But Nsenene is not a prohibited item on an aeroplane!
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+1 #6 Lysol 2021-11-28 20:46
Jose
China has taken over our only international airport Entebbe, due to unpaid loans by the corrupt killer regime.

Soon they may even take over those planes. So we should expect more.
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+3 #7 Akao 2021-11-28 23:44
Hahaha, what a joke! And this is suppose to be a reagional or international carier or another kamunye?.

With that kind of publicity and many other regional carriers, good luck with having people from other cpuntries use the airline.

There is a reason why people who are not travelling are not allowed to pass themail boarding gate. Let alone with food items! The ship just keep on sinking. Uganda is now becoming like a family of alcoholic parents!
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+1 #8 rubangakene 2021-11-29 00:23
This is a "bare-faced arrogance" and a disgrace.

Uganda Airlines should have offloaded this chap immediately as it happened before flight; they are as guilty as charged.

Inflight catering of approved meals is the responsibility of Uganda Airlines, OPERATORS LICENCE issued by UCAA stipulates so.

Imagine the Health and Safety implications for the consumers and the cost of "deep clean", This man should be banned, if temporarily, and Uganda Airlines fined heavily by the UCAA as a deterrent!
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+2 #9 Tim 2021-11-29 07:34
This can only happen in Uganda! Cry our beloved country that you have been made by the powers that be to sink so low.

Heads should roll at ucaa because how can security checks and vigilance standards sink so low that people's lives and health are endangered by such laxity?

How many people will still trust our country ans airline that it can guarantee their safety if such mundane acts can happen on a national carrier?
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0 #10 Jose 2021-11-29 07:44
Kacita has place in Entebbe ay
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