Kampala, Uganda | URN | Security officers on Sunday 28, November 2021 arrested Paul Mubiru, the passenger who sold edible grasshoppers, locally known as Nsenene, aboard Uganda Airlines flight 446 on Friday 26, November 2021.
According to three passengers who traveled with Mubiru the Nsenene hawker, 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 arrest of Paul Mubiru, the Nsenene hawker, aboard Uganda Airlines.
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 26th 2021.
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.