In a video that went viral on social media last week, Mubiru was seen vending grasshoppers that he had put in a polythene bag to passengers in the economy class of the Uganda Airlines fight UR 446 that was headed to Dubai on November 26.
According to Newsletter, Ugandan alleged to have hauked grasshoppers on Uganda Airlines, and the one who captured the video will face seven years in jail. A viral video footage shows Paul Mubiru, 27, vending the grasshoppers commonly known as nsenene aboard Uganda Airlines. Hajib Kiggundu, 25, is the one who captured the video while Paul sold the grasshoppers. The two were arrested by Aviation Police at Entebbe International Airport yesterday.
Police have slapped three offenses against them with one fetching seven years in jail on conviction.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the duo is facing charges of common nuisance and refusal to follow lawful instructions from the aircraft crew. On top of that, they accused them of negligent acts likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.
‘’The suspects went against standard inflight instructions and started vending fried grasshoppers. They also defied one of the cabin crew members who approached and asked them to stop the illegal act and take their seats,’’ Mr. Enanga said.
He added that the duo took off their masks and was screaming at the top of their voices causing discomfort. The Ministry of Health guidelines against the spread of Covid-19 indicates wearing of masks in public places, a directive they defied.
Those found flouting the Covid-19 regulation are often charged under Section 171 of the Penal Code Act of negligence likely to spread infection of disease. This also attracts a seven-year sentence on conviction. However, no one in Uganda has been sentenced to jail for that long since the pandemic started in 2020.